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THE PILGRIM 



VOL. 25 JANUARY, 1978 NC. 1 



"Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain 
from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul." 1 Peter 2: -1 1 



PROFIT OR LOSS 

What will it profit, when life here is o'er 
Though great worldly wisdom I gain, 

If, seeking knowledge — I utterly fail 
The wisdom of God to obtain? 

What will it profit, when life here is o'er 

Though gathering riches and fame, 
If, gaining the world — -I lose my own soul 

And in Heaven unknown is my name? 

What will it profit, when life here is o'er 
Though earth's farthest corners I see, 

If, going my way, and doing my will 
I miss what His love planned for me? 

What will it profit, when life here is o'er 
Though earth's fleeting love has been mine 

If, seeking its gifts — I fail to secure 
The riches of God's love divine? 

What will it profit? My soul, stop and think 
What balance that day will declare I 

Life's record laid bare — will gain turn to loss, 
And leave me at last to despair? 

—By Grace E. Troy 
Selected from The Pearl of Great Price 



THE PILGRIM is a religious magazine published in the interests of the 
members of the Old Brethren Church. Subscription rate: $2.00 per year. Sample copies sent free 
on request. Publishing Editor: Leslie Cover; Consulting Editor: Daniel F. Wolf. 
ADDRESS: THE PILGRIM. 19201 CHEROKEE RD., TUOLUMNE, CA. 95379 



THE YEAR OF OUR LORD 1978 

Before this article reaches cur readers, we probab- 
ly will have already entered into the New Year of 
1978, which forcefully reminds us that we are now in 
the last quarter of the twentieth century and are rap- 
idly hastening on to its end. If the Lord tarries to 
the end of this century it will mean that there have 
been two thousand years since His first coming into 
the world as a Bethlehem babe, and many of the younger 
brethren and sisters of our fellowship and their chil- 
dren may see the end of this present century which is 
only 22 years away. 

At the present rate of acceleration of the moral 
depravity in our nation, and even in our own cities 
and communities, conditions could rapidly mature into 
times like it was in the days of Noah before the flood 
and as in Sodom in the days of Lot. And many faithful 
brethren and sisters could be earnestly praying for 
the lord to .shorten the days and come soon to save the 
souls of their precious children and those that are 
left and waiting for His return. 

It has long been a prominent belief in the Church 
that the glorious return of our Lord to earth will 
occur before, or soon after, the end of the twentieth 
century, which according to our Bible chronology will 
be about six thousand years from the creation as told 
in Genesis. Such a belief is not without some Biblical 
foundation (although not specifically so stated). The 
basis for this belief is that since there were six 
"work" days of Creation and then a Sabbath (rest) day, 
so there might be six thousand years "preparation" 
time, and then a Millenial Sabbath for the people of 
God on this earth (Revelation 20). There were/ about 
two thousand years from Creation to Abraham and the 
Covenant which God made with him "in Christ" 



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(Galatians 3:17) and about two thousand years from 
Abraham to the birth of Jesus. And now the closing 
of this twentieth century represents another two 
thousand years of the Christian or Church age, and 
may well be the end of this dispensation of the Gospel 
and the return of the Lord to begin the one thousand 
years (MiUenial) reign of peace on earth while Satan 
is bound in the bottomless pit. 

"But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the 
coming of the Son of man be . . . " (Matthew 24:37-38) 
"Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot . . . n 
(Luke 17:28-30) We do not have to be very imaginative 
to see that the same conditions exist now as in Noah T s 
time and as it was in Sodom in the days of Lot. What 
we do not know is how much it can increase and mature 
to be like it was then. But what we do know is that 
it reached a point of maturity then that God deemed 
it necessary to bring in the flood in Noah's time and 
rained fire and brimstone upon Sodom in Lot's time to 
save a few righteous that were left, and to save a 
seed upon the earth tnat not all would be lost. 

In Matthew 24 and 2$ Jesus gave his chosen disci- 
ples a preview of events that were to occur in the 
Gospel or Church age from their present time until 
and including His return to earth in Glory, to raise 
the dead and gather the living saints together to Him 
to begin His reign of peace on earth. 

He had left the temple for the last time after 
pronouncing woeful judgments upon the people who re- 
jected Him and their city and Temple (Matthew 23:38, 
39)* And as He went out His disciples called His 
attention to the magnificent stones and buildings of 
the Temple. "And Jesus said unto them, See ye not 
all these things? verily I say unto you, There shall 
not be left here one stone upon another, that shall 
not be thrown down. And as he sat upon the mount of 
Olives, (probably in plain view of the Temple) the 
disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, 
when shall these things be? and what shall be the 
sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world?" 
(Matthew 24:2,3) 



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Elder Aaron Frantz, in an article on this subject 
in The Vindicator more than seventy years ago, cites 
another author of his own time, in which he says, n It 
is important to observe that this is the language of 
the disciples and not of Jesus; and it must therefore 
be interpreted in accord with what we have reason to 
believe was the then present state of their knowledge. 
The disciples viewed the coming of Christ and the end 
of the world as events which would indisputedly take 
place together* The occasion upon which they proposed 
their question was our Lord's assuring them of the 
ruin of the magnificent building which they were ad- 
miring. They imagined that the Temple would stand to 
the end of time. Ind this notion was so deeply fixed 
in their minds that they regarded it as impossible for 
the Temple to be overthrown while the structure of the 
universe remained. As soon therefore as Christ told 
them that the Temple would be destroyed, their thoughts 
instantly ran to the consummation of all .things." 

Thus it appears that their understanding was great- 
ly influenced by their preconceived notions of His 
mission in the world and the part they were to fulfill 
in the building of His Church. Jesus had told, them at 
least five times on their last journey to Jerusalem 
from Galilee that He was going to Jerusalem to be 
crucified. They refused to believe it but held fondly 
to the belief that they were going with Him into 
Jerusalem to be king, and they would occupy high of- 
fices with Him in the "kingdom". This is evident by 
the fact that they attempted to defend Him against the 
mob that came to take Him in Gethsemane. They could 
not believe that in only a few days they would see Him 
crucified and buried, nor could they believe that He 
\tfOuld rise again the third day as He had told them. 
We are told in the ninth chapter of Mark that as they 
came down from the mount of transfiguration that He 
instructed them that they should tell the "vision" to 
no man untilthe Son of Man were risen from the dead. 
"And they kept that saying with themselves, questioning 
one with another what the rising from the dead should 
mean." (Verse 10) 



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It is evident from these records that they did not 
comprehend what He was telling them in answer to. their 
questions. But Jesus knew what their immediate need 
was j and therefore He began instructing them concern- 
ing their work in establishing the Church $ and of 
the afflictions and persecutions which would befall 
them, and the calamitous wars and famines and pesti- 
lences that would occur before the final overthrow of 
their city and temple. History and tradition together 
inform us that all of the apostles except John were 
martyred before the destruction of Jerusalem and of .-. 
the dispersal of those who were not killecl in the wars. 

There were seven years of Jewish wars before the 
destruction of the city by the Romans, wherein there 
was great carnage and suffering. It is said that 
Josephus, who was contempory with these events, "reck- 
oned that 1,100,000 Jews perished in Jerusalem, and 
above 250,000 in other parts of Judea, besides 97,000 
captives and innumerable others who perished by star- 
vation and other means." 

Waddington's Church History says, "Shortly after 
the death of St. James, an insurrection of the Jews 
broke out, which was followed by the invasion of the 
Roman armies and was not finally suppressed until the 
year 70 when the city was overwhelmed by Titus and 
utterly destroyed. During the continuance of this 
war, as well as through the events which concluded it, 
the Holy Land was subjected to a variety and intensity 
of suffering, to which no parallel can be found in the 
records of any people." A remarkable fulfillment of 
Jesus 1 prediction when He said, "For then shall be 
great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning 
of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be." 
(Matthew 24:21 ) 

It seems reasonable to understand "The Abomination 
of Desolation" which Jesus cited from the prophecy of 
Daniel had at least its primary fulfillment in the 
desolation of Jerusalem in 70 A.D. , for in Luke 21, 
which records the same event, He says, "And when ye 
shall see Jerusalem compassed with armies, then know 



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that the desolation thereof is nigh. " And since the 
whole Olivet Discourse is contained in both the 24th 
and 25th chapters of Matthew, it clearly includes the 
history of this whole Christian Church era from the 
time of the Crucifixion until the coming of Christ in 
Glory. 

After Pentecost the disciples understood the meaning 
of what Jesus had told them; that their work was to 
begin immediately. "And he said unto them . . . But 
ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is 
come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both 
in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and 
unto the uttermost part of the earth." (Acts 1 :7,8) 

He spake, and light shown round His head; 

On a bright cloud to heaven He rode; 
They to the farthest nations spread 

The grace of their ascended Lord. 



—Daniel F, Wolf 
Modesto, California 



COUNT YOUR BLESSINGS 



Thankfulness is not born in an unconverted heart. 
One who is not converted may learn the habit of saying 
"thank you" when someone dees a favor and may occa- 
sionally admit that all our blessings are from God. 
But to be truly thankful and to have a heart to praise 
God is a feature of the divine, not earthly, nature. 

As the days of another year are swiftly counted 
out and a new year begins, it is a good time to be 
thankful and praise God for His many blessings. James 
writes (1:17), "Every good gift and every perfect 
gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father 
of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shad- 
ow of turning." To acknowledge this is both a priv- 
ilege and a duty. How many times have I heard my 
father and others speak this way! We all know this 
so well that it sounds too ordinary to be very impor- 
tant. But it is important and it cannot come from 



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memorization of a phrase on the lips. God wants, our 
praise to flow from a converted and thankful heart. 

Occasionally we see a bumper sticker that reads 
something like this: "When you complain about the 
farmers, don T t talk with your mouth full." Without 
entering into the political controversy this refers to, 
we would notice that this exposes a tendency of man- 
kind to complain even in the face of abundance of 
blessings — to "bite the hand that feeds them." Our 
country has the most and best food ever known, and per- 
haps we are less and less thankful. 

To complain is popular. The columnists and enter- 
tainers have made common the cynical complaint. For 
example: "Gheer up, things could always get worse. 
And, sure enough, they got worse." This may seem hu- 
morous and harmless and perhaps it is. But this kind 
of thinking is prevalent and it is not thanksgiving or 
"praise to God. How many of the popular writers and 
entertainers are counting personal and national bless- 
ings and giving the credit to a loving God and Saviour? 

The song of praise is the "new song" and it comes 
from a brand new heart. Psalms 4-0:3 says, "And he hath 
put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God: 
many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in the 
Lord." The "garment of praise" is given to those whom 
God comforts. "To appoint unto them that mourn in 
Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of 
joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit 
of heaviness; that they might be called trees of right- 
eousness, the planting of the Lord, that he might be 
glorified." (Isaiah 61:3) 

Psalms 33:1 says, "Rejoice in the Lord, ye right- 
eous: for praise is comely for the upright." Praise 
fits well and looks good on those who profess to be 
God's people. When we think of what He did to save us 
in sending Jesus to accomplish salvation, it should 
bring forth praise from our hearts even though we would 
be deprived of all other blessings in this life. This 
has actually been the case with many Christians in the 
past. Praise has come from the hearts and lips of mar- 
tyrs in their "extremest hour" when there was not one 



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thing to be thankful for except the greatest of all 
gifts — Jesus Christ, the Saviour of all who trust in 
Him. When we have Him we have all. Without Him in 
our hearts we are destitute though we may have all the 
wealth of the world. 

None of us are really needy. True, many have 
troubles and problems financial and social. But 1978 
finds us with more blessings than we can count. It is 
a good time to try to count them. And let us remember 
to not complain — at least not with our mouths so full. 
But let God's praise overflow from a heart of grati- 
tude — converted to see the good things around us and 
appreciate the boundless love of- our Saviour. ". . . 
Many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in the 



Lord." — L.C. 



I have been wondering... You say that a woman 

needs no other covering to pray or prophesy, for her 

hair is her covering... long hair for the woman to 

be covered... short hair for the man to be uncovered. 

that a woman can cut her hair without uncovering her 

head... that a woman can pray or prophesy with or 

without a veil, for a veil is nothing... My mind is 

perplexed and I am still wondering... wondering what 

you would say if I were seen praying or prophesying 

with a hat on my head? 

— Fred Miller 



Oh I my friend, be a shepherd on a hill 

Watching for our Saviour still. 

Be a wise man from afar 

Guided by His shining star, 

Bringing gifts and jewels rare 

As we travel onward there. 

Oh I be watching, waiting, longing 

For our Saviour to be coming, 

Saying with our songs, our praises, 

"Even so, come Lord Jesus." 



-June Fountain 



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OBITUARY 

ALMA BETHEL GARBER was born November 23, 1884, at 
Astoria, Illinois and passed away on December 16, 1977 
not far from her home in RIpon, California. When one 
year old she moved with her parents to Covington, Ohio 
When she was 13, the family moved to Bangor, Michigan 
and spent ten years. 

While living in Michigan, at age 15 she began to 
work away from home, and at age 18, accepted Christ as 
her Lord and Savior and was baptized and became a mem- 
ber of the Old German Baptist Church of South Haven, 
Michigan. She later united with the Old Brethren 
Church where she was a devout member till her passing. 
In September of 1907, at age 23, Alma moved to 
California along with other members of the family. 

Alma Garber was the daughter of Oliver and Catherine 
Cover and the sister of Mary Flora, Emma Boyd, Sadie 
Cover and Jesse Cover, all who are now with the Lord. 

On September 19, 1909, she was married to George G. 
Garber at Modesto, California, and to this union was 
born seven children, five daughters and two sons. 

She was preceded in death by her husband, George 
Garber, on September 7, 1949, and by a daughter, Mary 
Butz, missionary in Peru, South America, on July 9, 
1977. She Is survived by six children; Anna Simons, 
Elsie Oler, Emory Garber, Bertha Nelson, Martin Garber 
and Clara Garber. She is also survived by 16 grand- 
children and 11 great grandchildren. 

In her autobiography she wrote these words: 

"My first knowledge of Jesus was through the songs 
my father sang to us children as we sat on his knees. 
How wonderful and interesting were the Bible stories 
our father recounted to us. We learned how great God 
was. Then when he told us about the Crucifixion, and 
we asked why God, Who could do anything, didn't come 
down from the cross, we were told that it had to be 
that way so He could become our Saviour. We could not 
understand it all, but if that f s the way it had to be, 
we would just believe it. 



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"Before I could read, I would take the gospel hymns 
and sing the songs I knew. As soon as I learned to 
read , I would sit on the stairway and read the 
Pilgrim* s Progress. We were taught to obey and do 
what the 'Good Man f in heaven wanted us- to do*" 

Alma Garber will be long remembered by her children^ 
and by those wno knew her, as a loving, kind, self- 
sacrificing mother and a joyful, cheerful, Godly woman. 

In her collections of poems was found this verse: 

The clock of life is wound but once, 
And no man has. the power 
To tell just when the hands will stop, 
At late or early hour. 
Now is the only time you own. 
- Give, love,, toil with a will. 
Place no faith in tomorrow 
For the clock may then be still. 

For our dear sister, aunt, and mother, the hands 
of the clock ran to a good 93 years and 22 days. 

To God be the praise J 

Funeral services were held December 19 in the 
Ripon Grace Brethren Church by J. Paul Miller, 
Daniel F. Wolf, Joseph L. Cover and Leslie Cover. 
Burial followed in the Wood Colony Cemetery. 



— The Family 



Rest, for the day was long, 

Time now for sleeping 
With all the silent throng; 

Angel watch keeping. 

Rest till the morning beesks 

With quaking thunder, 
When every saint awakes 

To rapture wonder. 

J. I. Cov er 

BIRTH 
STALTER - A son, Simcn D. bom December 30 to Larry 
and Dana Stalter of Wakarusa, Indiana. 



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HISTORICAL 
SECOND CENTURY MARTYRS 

The second century contained three main persecu- 
tions after the first two under Nero and Domitian. 
These were the third under Emperor Trajan, beginning 
in the first decade; the fourth under Marcus Aurelius, 
beginning about 166 A.D. ; the fifth, beginning with 
Severus about 192 A.D. 

Many individual martyrdoms are recorded, but we 
will outline three of the most famous ones: 

IGNATIUS 

This martyr was surnamed Theophorus ("The Bearer of 
God" or "God-clad" )• He was a disciple of the Apostle 
John and a successor of Peter as bishop of Antioch. 
He spoke out against the heathen sacrifices of Emperor 
Trajan at Antioch, and because of it was sentenced to 
die at Rome by being torn by wild beasts. On his way 
to Rome he wrote several epistles to friends and to 
churches at Rome, Smyrna, Ephesus, Philadelphia and 
others. Cne was written to Folycarp, bishop of the 
church at Smyrna where he also stopped on his way to 
his death at Rome. 

In his letter to the Roman Christians he says: "I 
bid all men know that of my own free will I die for 
God, unless ye should hinder me . . . Let me be given 
to the wild beasts, for through them I can attain unto 
God. I am God's wheat, and I am ground by the wild 
beasts that I may be found the pure bread of Christ. 
Entice the wild beasts that they may become my sepul- 
chre . . .; come fire and cross and grapplings with 
wild beasts, wrenching of bones, hacking of limbs, 
crushings of my whole body; only be it mine to attain 
unto Jesus Christ."' 

Besides his martyrdom, Ignatius was famous for his 
battle against heresy, especially the Docetists "who 
denied the reality of the humanity of Christ and as- 
cribed to Him a phantom body."' He stressed the 



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reality of Jesus 1 acts: "He was truly born and ate 
and drank, was truly persecuted under Pontius Pilate 
. . . was truly raised from the dead."* He upheld the 
structure of the Church stressing the importance of 
unity and harmony with the ordained leaders. He also 
held out strongly against turning back to Judaism. 
Ignatius died for the testimony of Jesus Ghrist 
about 111 A.D. He wrote much of his impending death. 
He said he would call the beasts if they seemed un- 
willing to slay him: "But if they will not fall upon 
and tear me, I shall kindly allure them, so that they 
will not spare me, as they have already spared several 
Christians, but will quickly tear me in pieces, and 
devour me. Forgive me for speaking thus; I know what 
I need. Now only I begin to be a disciple of Christ. 
I regard neither things visible nor invisible, at 
which the world is amazed. It is sufficient for me if 
I but become a partaker of Ghrist . . . Only pray for 
me, that Inward and outward strength be given me, not 
only to speak or write this, but also perform and en- 
dure it, so that I may not only be called a Christian, 
but also be found one in truth. "^ 

JUSTIN M&RTTR 

Born about 100 A.D. Justin Martyr grew up and be- 
came a philosopher, but found by the study of philoso- 
phy that here was not where true knowledge was to be 
found. "But it happened one day, as he was going to- 
ward the sea, in order to meditate in solitude upon 
what he had learned, that (as he himself has confessed) 
there followed him a grave and gentle old man, who, 
having entered in a discourse with him respecting the 
Platonic philosophy, taught him, in what true philoso- 
phy and happiness consisted, namely in the saving know- 
ledge of the only, eternal, and alone immortal, God. 

"Now when Justinus inquired for the teachers from 
whom he might learn this divine philosophy, the old 
man referred him to the writings of the prophets, who 
did not wri-te according to the argumentation of human 
reason, but, as certain and Infallible witnesses, left 
behind what, they had seen and heard of the words of 



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truth, and the wonderful signs and works of God among 
His people; and that all their prophesies concerning 
the promised Messiah and Son of God, were fulfilled 
in the advent of Jesus Christ, who was born in the 
reign of Emperor Augustus. He therefore admonished 
him, to pray to God, that He would enlighten his heart 
to this saving doctrine, through Jesus Christ, without 
whom it would not be possible for him to attain to 
this saving knowledge. 

"'This and many more such discourses (writes 
Justinus) this old man had with me, showing me also, 
how I should further increase, and how I might obtain 
the things necessary to salvation. Then he went away, 
and I saw him no more. Immediately a burning desire 
was kindled in my heart, and a love for the Scriptures 
of the prophets and those men who had been dear 
friends of Christ, namely the apostles. Then only I 
became a true philosopher. ' "^ 

"To form an opinion of Justin as a Christian and 
theologian, we must turn to his Apology and to the 
Dialogue with the Jew Trypho . . . The Apology was 
written in Rome about 150. In the first part Justin 
defends his fellow-believers against the charge of 
atheism and hostility to the state. He then demon- 
strates the truth of his religion from the effects of 
the new faith, and from the excellence of its moral 
teaching, and concludes with a comparison of Christian 
and Pagan doctrines, in which the latter are set down 
as the work of demons. As the main support of his 
proof of the truth of Christianity appears his demon- 
stration that the prophesies of the old dispensation 
have found their fulfilment in Christianity. . . " 1 

Justin f s testimony is so important as it describes 
Christian life in the second century. He gives vivid 
descriptions of the public worship service and the way 
the cnurch practiced the ordinances. He refers to the 
"Memoirs of the Apostles," likely the Gospels, which 
were read at the services with the writings of the 
prophets. 

By his controversies with the philosophers, Justin 
made an enemy of a notable cynic, Crescens. He 



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accused Justin as a Christian and succeeded in having 
him condemned, Justin Martyr was scourged and be- 
headed about 168 A.D. in the fourth persecution. 

POLYCARP, BISHOP OF SMYRNA 

This early Christian bishop and martyr was born 
about 69 A.D. He was a disciple of the Apostle John 
and knew many who had seen the Lord. Irenaeus, a 
later bishop (of Lyons) and a martyr writes of seeing 
and hearing Polycarp: "I can even now point out the 
place where the blessed Polycarp used to sit when he 
discoursed, and describe his goings out and his com- 
ings in, his manner of life and his personal appear- 
ance and the discourses which he delivered to the 
people, how he used to speak of his intercourse with 
John and with the rest of those who had seen the Lord, 
and how he would relate their words. And everything 
that he had heard from them about the Lord, about His 
miracles and about His teachings, Polycarp used to 
tell us as one who had received it from those who had 
seen the Word of Life with their own eyes, and all 
this in perfect harmony with the Scriptures. . . "1 

Polycarp, too, was known for his attacks on the 
heresies which were hindering the Church. In his 
epistle to the Philippians he writes, "For every one 
who shall not confess that Jesus Christ is come in 
the flesh is antichrist; and whosoever shall not con- 
fess the testimony of the Gross is of the devil; and 
whosoever shall pervert the oracles of the Lord to 
his own lusts and say that there is neither resurrec- 
tion or judgment, that man is the first-born of Satan. 
Wherefore let us forsake their vain doing and their 
false teaching and turn unto the word which was de- 
livered unto us from the beginning.""' 

Polycarp was martyred in his old age during a great 
festival at Smyrna, also about 168 A.D. Eleven 
Christians had been brought there, mostly from 
Philadelphia, to be put to death. The spectators be- 
came so aroused as these Christians were martyred that 
they began to cry, "Away with the atheists. Let 
search be made for Polycarp. " Polycarp fled to the 



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country but he was found and brought back. They tried 
in vain to make him recant and revile Christ and be 
set free. He told them, "Eighty and six years have I 
served Him and He hath done me no wrong. How can I 
speak evil of , my King who saved me?" The mob demanded 
that a lion be let loose to slay him* The ruler, how- 
ever, refused but allowed them to burn him. With dig- 
nity and courage Polycarp met his Lord as the flames 
consumed his body. 

What shining lights these men were as they, through 
the power of the Spirit, concluded useful, vital lives 
by glorifying God in the martyr's death. Jesus prom- 
ises (Revelation 2:10) ". . . be thou faithful unto 
death, and I will give thee a crown of life." — I.e. 



1 . Encyclopaedia Britannica 
2» Martyr T s Mirror 



MOTE OF THANKS 

We wish to take this opportunity to send a note of 
thanks to all our dear members, friends and relatives 
for their kindness and support through prayers, cards 
and money and help in various other ways. We thank God 
always for this and pray that each one will be blessed in 
in a special way for it. We still feel the need for 
continuing prayers and ask to be remembered in your 

prayers. —Clyde and Ruth Flora and family 



Dear Readers, 

We are now beginning the 25th year since Brother Dan 
began publication of The Pilgrim . We are thankful for 
all the support you have given, both financial and by 
sending articles and helpful comments. With this issue 
Stanley Brubaker begins writing the Children r s Page. 
Dorothy Moore is still helping much with the typing. 
We still welcome articles and poems-, especially original 
compositions. May God bless you all richly as we seek 
to do His will through Jesus Christ our Lord. 

— Leslie and Martha Cover 



16 CHILDREN'S PAGE 

ADAM 

What wculd it be like to live in a world without 
any people? Can you imagine? 

When God was done making Adam, Adam looked around. 
He was in a beautiful garden with beautiful trees and 
flowers. He saw wonderful animals walking all around 
him, completely unafraid. He saw colorful birds fly- 
ing , and listened to their musical songs. But there 
was no other person like himself in all the world, 

God looked at the man He had created and said, ,r It 
is not good that the man should be alone, " Sc God 
made a special friend for Adam, a woman, and Adam call 
called her Eve , Now Adam had someone like himself to 
be with, and they worked together. 

Adam was made in the image of God — that is, he was 
like God. He was a wise man? God brought all of the 
animals that He had made before Adam, one at a time, 
and let Adam give names to them all, Wculd you be 
able to think of good names for hundreds or thousands 
of different animals and birds? 

God gave Adam a job to do. He was supposed to take 
care of the Garden of Eden, to keep it neat and orderly. 
But the most important thing Adam was to remember was 
to obey God. God had told him he could eat the fruit 
from any of the trees in the garden — but he must NOT 
eat of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. 
When Satan and Eve caused Adam to disobey God,- God had 
to punish him and drive them out of the beautiful 
Garden, Adam lived to be 930 years old, and had many 
sons and daughters. But they all lived in a world of 
sadness because Adam and Eve had not obeyed God. 

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"Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers arid pilgrims, abstain 
from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul." 1 Peter 2: 1 1 

OPEN NOW THY GATES OF BEAUTY 

Open new Thy gates of beauty, 
Zion, let me enter there , 
Where my soul in joyful duty 
Waits for Him who answers prayer; 
how blessed is this place, 
Filled with solace , light and grace. 

Yes, my God, I come before Thee, 
Come Thou also down to me: 
Where we find Thee and adore Thee, 
There a heaven on earth must be. 
To my heart, enter Thou, 
Let it be Thy temple now. 

Here Thy praise is gladly chanted, 
Here Thy seed is duly sown; 
Let my soul, where it is planted, 
Bring forth precious sheaves alone. 
So that all I hear may be 
Fruitful unto life in me. 

Speak, God, and I will hear Thee, 
Let Thy will be done indeed: - 
May I undisturbed draw near Thee 
Whilst Thou dost Thy people feed. 
Here of life the fountain flows, 
Here is balm for all our woes, 

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THE MEANING OF THE PRAYER COVERING 

The above is a borrowed title but changed in word- 
ing from Prayer "VEILING 11 to Prayer COVERING as trans- 
lated in the King James New Testament, which I am con- 
vinced is the correct translation. The German Testa- 
ment also translates it "COVERING", and I am told by 
those who can read the Greek original that the word 
used in I Corinthians 11:4-5 means "COVERING", just 
as we have it in our King James Bibles, and this way 
it is easier to understand its meaning and signifi- 
cance. ■ 

This simple ordinance, enjoined by the Apostle 
Paul in I Corinthians 11:1-10 can be more easily un- 
derstood if two principal points regarding it are 
clearly kept in mind: 1) The Instruction is to both 
MEN and WOMEN how each shall present himself in proper 
order before God for praying or prophesying. And 2) 
It is a SIGN of recognition of, and submission to 
God r s order of headship and authority in the home and 
the Church: " . . . the head of every man is Ghrist; 
and the head of the woman is the man; and the head of 
Christ is God- Every MAN praying or prophesying, hav- 
ing his head covered , dishonoureth his head. But ev- 
ery WOMAN that prayeth or prophesieth with her head 
uncovered dishonoureth her head ..." Therefore 
when praying or prophesying, the MAN presents himself 
without any covering on his head (bareheaded) in hon- 
our of Christ, for Christ "is the head of MAN 11 * But 
the WOMAN puts a covering on her head in honour of 
the MAN who is the God-ordained head of the WOMAN. 

It is obvious then that the covering referred to 
here cannot be the hair, for it could not be consis- 
tently applicable to both MEN and WOMEN as required 
in this text. To interpret it so would mean that a 
MAN would need to shave his head to be in proper order 
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In commenting on this text in I Corinthians, a cer- 
tain author has said, "Then because it is not good for 
man to be alone, God made woman for him, ' . . . The 
woman is the glory of the man . • . the woman of the 
man . . . the woman for the man. 1 (I Corinthians 11 ; 
7-9) She was not given the place of headship over MAN 
or even headship with MAN. Her place is in subjection 
to MAN. 

n This does not mean that WOMAN is in any way inferi- 
or to MAN — not physically, intellectually, or spirit- 
ually. But MAN still is the head . To help us under- 
stand this Paul says, '. . . The head of every MAN is 
GHBIbTs and the head of the WOMAN is the MAN; and the 
head of CHRIST is GOD.' As GOD is CHRIST'S head, so 
MAN is WOMAN'S head — or GOD is to CHRIST as man is to 
woman. We would not say that CxJlIST is in any way in- 
ferior to GOD. We know He worked with GOD in the crea- 
tion of the world and in the acts pertaining to it ever 
since. Yet we do know that GOD is CHRIST'S head. In 
the same way M&N is WOMAN'S head. Just as we would 
not expect GOD in any way to impose anything unjust on 
CHRIST from His vantage point of authority, we would 
not expect MM to take advantage of WOMAN. Just as we 
always know Jesus to be completely submitted to the 
will of God, we would expect WOMAN to be submitted to 
MAN. As GOD is to CHRIST so MAN is to WOMAN. One of 
the meanings of the prayer covering on the head of a 
Christian WOMAN is to show that she understands and 
accepts the principle and her place in it. The uncov- 
ered head of a MAN shows that he also understands and 
accepts It. 

"The covering is not only an outward sign of WOMAN'S 
acceptance of the headship of MAIM but also of her sub- 
mission to CHRIST. It shows that she is obedient to 
His will and yielded to His sovereign power in her 
life. In this position she shares the plan of salva- 
tion on eq uality with MAN. '. . . there Is neither 
male nor female: for ye are all one in CHRIST JiiSUS. ' 
(Galatians 3:28) It is only in this sense that a cov- 
ering signifies that a WOMAN is a Christian. She thus 
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Him* The Holy Spirit lives within her and directs her 
life. He speaks through her yielded will and body to 
others and uses that testimony to, work in the hearts 
of non -Christians." 

It may be that the meaning and implications of this 
order is better understood than many are willing to 
admit. It is still an almost universal custom in our 
part of the world for men to remove their hats when In 
worship or in any attitude or respect for authority. 
But because It is more conspicuous for a woman to put 
on her SIGN or recognition of the headship and author- 
ity which she is under by the law of her Creator, and 
because of a false sense of "equality" with man, many 
women, with the consent of their husbands, disobey 
this simple but significant ordinance of God. 

It is admitted by some of the more learned students 
of the Bible and history that it was the custom in 
Paul's time for Christian women to cover their heads 
in worship. But they hasten to explain that it was 
because women, at that time, were "Ignorant" (unedu- 
cated) and were dependent upon their husbands for in- 
formation and guidance. But now, since the "emancipa- 
tion" of women, it is no longer necessary, etc. 

It is true that woman's position In modern society 
has changed greatly, and in most ways wom£n claim e- 
quality with men. But it is not proven that this" 
change is for the better, for with it has come a marked 
degeneracy of morals in the home and society, and the 
fearful divorce evil, broken homes, and an accelerated 
increase in juvenile crimes. 

In praying or prophesying we are either speaking to 
God or of Him. How important then, if we wish for God 
to answer our prayers, to honour Him by obeying the. 
SIGNS of honour and authority which He has ordained. 



--.Daniel F. Wolf 
Kjodesto, California 



We have been so anxious to give our children what 
we didn't have that perhaps we have neglected tc give 
them what we did have.. Selected by Susie Sell 



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WHOLEHEARTED FOR THE LORD 

"Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy 
might. . •" (Ecclesiastes 9:10) 

Yesterday I talked with a man that left a vivid im- 
pression on me — though not altogether a pleasant one. 
This man had sense and his approach to his activities 
in this life showed it. He was skilful and successful 
in his trade. He seemed to know some of the values of 
home and family living. Seeking these values and per- 
haps having mostly this present life in view, he has 
decided to plant and develop a 20 acre apple orchard. 
He has tested and bought the land, considered the ir- 
rigation possibilities, studied into every phase of 
apple growing and marketing. He knows the kind of 
apples he wants to plant, how close, their culture and 
requirements to produce and approximately what to ex- 
pect regarding the harvest. He told me, "Many people 
plant trees when they don f t know what else to do with 
the space. They don f t approach it as they would a 
business. I don't see any orchards in this area 
(Sierra Nevada foothills) to compare with those in the 
San Joaquin Valley." This man will still be dependent 
upon God for the increase; perhaps all his efforts will 
fail. But at least I had to admire his attitude and 
wholehearted approach. 

It started my thoughts moving on our attitudes re- 
garding our Christian lives. How many of us have come 
to Christ so wholeheartedly? Jesus said (Luke 14:27- 
30) "And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come 
after me, cannot be my disciple. For which of you, in- 
tending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and 
counteth the cost, whether he have sufficient to finish 
it? Lest haply, after he hath laid the foundation, and 
is not able to finish it, all that behold it begin to 
mock him, Saying, This man began to build, and was not 
able to finish." The comparison the Lord makes here is 
of the Christian life or taking up the cross to the 
building of a tower. It is not wise to begin without 
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In the professions, much study and preparation is 
required. A doctor might spend 12 or 14- years in 
study beyond elementary school before he begins his 
practice. But in our Christian experience we some- 
times think we need only spare time to prepare and 
study — like putting an orchard in when there is noth- 
ing else to do with the space. 

The message of the Scriptures is plain; God wants 
our whole hearts; He wants our best time — in fact, all 
our time. We should know that we are full time 
Christians or we are not Christians at all. There are 
no "coffee breaks" or vacations from bearing the 
cross — and this is not bad or hard to take. When we 
make no pretenses but are open and wholehearted in 
God's service— then we are most free and full of joy. 
The yoke of Jesus is easy and His burden is light. 
But it is not easy to try to add the cares of this 
world, the deceitf ulness of riches and the rest of 
Satan 1 s devices to the bearing of the cross. 

Let us make the Christian life our special occupa- 
tion. Let it take precedence over our wage-earning 
and earthly goals. Let Jesus have first place and let 
Him direct our business affairs. He is an able 
Manager of affairs. Through failure or success, dis- 
appointment or profit, He knows what is best for us. 
And we will benefit eternally. 

n So likewise, whosoever he be of you that forsaketh 
not all that he hath, he- cannot be my disciple." (Luke 
U:33) — L.C. 

COMMUNION NOTICE 

The Salida Congregation of the Old Brethren Church 
have agreed, th$ Lord willing, to hold our spring 
Lovefeast on April 1 & 2. A hearty invitation and 
welcome is extended to all of our members and friends 
to attend, 

—Daniel F. Wolf 



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LETTER FROM BRAZIL 

We would like to share with you our first Communion 
in Brazil. Wade, Cheryl and I met Herman Royers and 
Kenneth Martins at the airport in Brazilia Thursday 
morning, December 8, and what a joyous time that was 
to see them get off the airplane! We thanked the Lord 
for their safe flight to Brazil. We arrived back to 
our home Thursday evening and were glad to be back with 
the boys and Mother Flora again. 

In the 12 days they were here we did some visiting, 
looking around the fazenda (farm), went to town, did 
our work and enjoyed the sweet fellowship with one 
another. 

We decided to hold our Communion the seventeenth 
and eighteenth of December so we spent Friday the six- 
teenth preparing for it. We baked the Communion bread, 
fixed food and the other things that needed to be done. 

We had preaching services Saturday afternoon at 2:00 

and had John from town to interpret to the native 

people here in Portuguese as he knows English and 
Portuguese. We served supper after afternoon services 
and there were 36 here. Some went home before Commun- 
ion services at 6:30 and some stayed to observe. John 
had to leave so we had Erla Jeana (a native) read the 
chapters to the others concerning the Communion so 
they would understand why we observe what we do at 
Communion. There were 9 around the table that eve; 
Russell and Etta Mae Garber, Mother Flora, Kenneth and 
Lois Martin, Herman and Carol Royer and Wade and I. 
Oh what a wonderful time to surround the table of the 
Lord again and it reminded us of the time in the future^ 
if we're faithful, we will surround the table and Jesus 
will serve us. The meat for the meeting was cooked on 
a Brazilian stove that burns wood* 

The members and children were here again Sunday 
morning for morning worship and breakfast. We had 
preaching services which were supposed to begin at 
10:00 but our interpreter wasn't here* So there were 
many prayers being offered silently as we knew God 






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could work everything out. It made us realize more 
how dependent we are upon God. John and his family 
and a friend arrived at 10:30 and he apologized but 
was held up as they had company. We had 45 for church 
and dinner. Kenneth used the eleventh chapter of 
Hebrews for our lesson and brought to our attention 
the faith of Abraham, Moses, and Noah and how we 
should have the same faith that they had. 

The natives expressed how much they enjoyed the 
preaching and we could feel the presence of the Spirit 
and the joy of hearing the gospel preached to them. 
They speak of it at different times how much they en- 
joyed the meeting. 

Monday evening we had another preaching service 
which was the farewell address, and our hearts were 
made tender as the farewells are different now from 
what they used to be . The closing hymn was 361 , and 
each word meant so much and deeply touched our hearts. 

It was mentioned after services how we can under- 
stand better the writings of Paul and how the people 
fell on his neck and kissed him and could hardly let 
him go, not knowing if they would ever see him again. 

We took our company to Rio Verde Tuesday morning 
to go on the 11 : 30 a.m. bus to Goiania and Brazilia 
to catch the airplane flight home again Tuesday night 
or early Wednesday morning. Our hearts were tender 
as we told them good-by not knowing if we would ever 
see them again on this earth. We had enjoyed the 
sweet fellowship with one another over the last week 
and a half. We wished we could have stopped the 
clocks but time moves on so our time of being together 
had come to an end. But we pray that though we are 
divided by miles between, we are still one in heart 
and will remain faithful to our Lord and Saviour. It 
was a time of spiritual uplifting and renewed our 
strength to press on for the Lord. 



— Wade and Violet Flora 
Rio Verde, Brazil 



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A REVERIE WRITTEN IN THE PERSON OF 
JOHN THE BELOVED 

At evening £ime it shall be light, 

I'm growing very old. This weary head 

That hath so often leaned on Jesus' breast 

In days long past that seem almost a dream, 

These limbs that followed Him — my Master — oft 

From Galilee to Judah, that stood 

Beneath the cross, and trembled with His groans, 

Refuse to bear me even through the streets 

To preach unto my children. E'en my lips 

Refuse to form the words my heart sends forth, 

Of my dear children gathered round my couchj 

God lays His hand upon me — yea, His hand 

And net His rod — the gentle hand that I 

Felt, those three years, so often pressed in mine, 

In friendship such as passeth woman's love, 

I ! m old; so old I cannot recollect 

The faces of my friends; and I forget 

The words and deeds that make up daily life, 

But that dear face, and every word He spoke, 

Grow more distinct as others fade away, 

So that I live with Him and holy dead 

More than with living. 

Some seventy years ago 
I was a fisher by the sacred sea. 
It was at sunset. How the tranquil tide 
Bathed dreamily the pebble si How the light 
Crept up the distant hills, and in its wake, 
Soft purple shadows wrapped the dewy fields! 
And then He came and called me. Then I gazed 
For the first time on that sweet face. 

• 

Those eyes, 
From out of which, as from a window, shone 
Divinity, locked on my inmost soul, 
And lighted it forever. Then His words 
Broke on the silence of my heart and made 






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The whole world musical. Incarnate Love 

Took hold of me and claimed me for its own* 

I followed in the twilight, holding fast His mantle, 

0, what holy walks we had, 
Through harvest fields, and desolate dreary wastes! 
Wearied and wayworn. I was young and strong, 
And so upbore Him. Lord, now I am weak, 
And old, and feeble! Let me rest on Thee! 
So, put Thine arm around me. Closer still i 
How strong Thou art I The twilight draws apace* 
Come, let us leave these noisy streets and take 
The path to Bethany; for Mary 1 s smile 
Awaits us at the gate, and Martha's hands 
Have long prepared the evening meal. 
Come, James, the Master waits; and Peter, see 
Has gone some steps before. 

What say you, friends? 
That this is Ephesus, and Christ has gone 
Back to His kingdom? Ay, 'tis so, 'tis so. 
I know it all; and yet, just now, I seemed 
To stand once more upon my native hills, 
And touch my Master* Oh, how oft I've seen 
The touching of His garments bring back strength 
To palsied limbs I I feel it has to mine. 
Up! bear me once more to my church! Once more 
There let me tell them of 'a Saviour's love; 
For, by the sweetness of my Master's voice 
Just now I think He must be very near — 
Coming, I trust, to break the veil, which time 
Has worn so thin that I can see beyond, 
And watch His footsteps* 

So, raise my head* 
How dark it is! I cannot seem to see 
The faces of my flock* Is that the sea 
That murmurs so, or is it weeping? Hush, 
My little children! God so loved the world 
He gave His Son*- So love ye one another* 
Love God and man. Amen* Now 'bear me back* 
My legacy unto an angry world is this. 



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I feel my work is finished. Are the streets so full? 
What, call the folk my name? The Holy John. Nay : 

write me rather, Jesus Christ's beloved. 
And lover of my children. 

Lay me down 
Once more upon my couch, and open wide 
The eastern window. See, there comes a light 
Like that which broke upon my soul at eve, 
When, in the dreary Isle of Patmos, Gabriel came 
And touched me on the shoulder. See it grows 
As when we mounted toward the pearly gates. 
I know the wayi I trod it once before. 
And hark I It is the song the ransomed sang 
Of glory to the Lamb I How loud it sounds I 
And that unwritten one — methinks my soul 
Can join it now. But who are these who crowd 
The shining way? Say I — joy! 'tis the eleven, 
With Peter first! How eagerly he looks! 
How bright the smiles are beaming on James 1 face! 
I am the last. Once more we are complete 
To gather round the Pascal feast. My place 
Is next my Master. 0, my Lord, my Lord! 
How bright Thou art! and yet the very same 
I loved in Galilee! r TAs worth the hundred years 
To feel this bliss! So lift me up, dear Lord, 
Unto Thy besom. There shall I abide. 

By H.J.S.B. in The Sword and Trumpet . 



MARRIAGE 

BOWSER-— CONING Arnold Bowser and Rachel Coning were 
united in marriage on October 16, 1977 near Goshen, Ind, 

New address: 24919 C.R. 40 

Goshen, Indiana 46526 
(219) 862-4865 



ADOPTION 

ERNST — Simon Anthony, born June 3, 196? was adopted 
by Albert and Carol Ernst of Nappanee, Indiana on 
December 8, 1977- 



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HISTORICAL 

. CHRISTIAN MARTYRS— THIRD CENTURY 

"There never was a time in the Church of Jesus 
Christy in which so many and great tyrants arose to 
destroy and extirpate the people of God, as in this 
century; for scarcely had one ceased, when another 
began; excepting a short cessation under Emperors 
Caracalla and Geta." 

Thus M artyr T s Mirror introduces the account of the 
sufferings of the Christians in the third century. 
This century contained six persecutions under seven 
different emperors. We cannot possibly represent the 
extent of this period of suffering but offer here some 
brief accounts from this time. Ireneus was a famous 
teacher and bishop of Lyons, France. As a boy he had 
heard the preaching of Polycarp. He was known for his 
purity of doctrine and his ability to make peace in 
the church. Origen was a more controversial figure. 
He was known for his extensive teaching and numerous 
writings that reveal much about the practices of the 
church in the third century. 

IRENEUS, BISHOP OF LYONS, 
MARTYRED ABOUT 210 A.D. 

"Ireneus, by descent an Asiatic, was born at Smyrna. 
In his youth he attended school,- and was a disciple of 
Polycarp, who was appointed- by the apostle John bishop 
of the church at Smyrna, and afterwards became a martyr, 
as we have already shown in the proper place. On ac- 
count of his (Ireneus 1 ) special fitness, he subsequent- 
ly became bishop cf the church at Lyons in France, in 
the place of Photinus . His erudition was so great, 
that Eusebius extols him more than any of the learned 
who lived before and in his time. Tertullian called 
him r the most remarkable investigator of all manner of 
learning. 1 * Jerome said that he was ! an apostolic man, 
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Epiphanius gave him the title of a 'holy and ancient 
divine,' yea, a 'successor of the apostles.' In his 
ministry he was so faithful a servant in the house of 
the Lord, that he had the oversight not only of the 
church at Lyons, where he was bishop, and other 
churches in France, but even of some churches in Asia 
and Fhrygia. 

"Concerning his death, the ancient historians have 
left us but little information of the time as well as 
of the manner of his martyrdom- We find, however, in 
regard to it the following words: 'That, when. the 
persecution of the Christians, under SeveruS, had been 
instituted in all the countries of the Romans, the \ 
city of Lyons, too, pursuant to the command of the 
Emperor, was surrounded with soldiers, and all the 
Christians . in it put to death with the sword, or be- 
headed; but that Ireneus, the shepherd of them all, : - 
was sought with special diligence, and, when found, 
was put to death with manifold tortures, and was 
buried by Zacharia, his elder." 

SEVERAL THOUSAND PERSONS BURNED IN THEIR 
MEETING PLACES FOR THE EVMGELICAL 
TRUTH, IN DIFFERENT. OCCASIONS, 
BY THE CCMMAND OF-MAXIMIN, 
ABOUT THE YEAR 237 

"In the new Keysers Chronijk there is related a 
cruel and iniquitous deed perpetrated by Emperor 
Maximin on the Christians. The author says: The 
Christians were assembled in their churches or meet- 
ing places, praising their Saviour, when the Emperor 
sent forth his soldiers, and had all the churches or 
meeting places locked up, and then wood placed around 
them and set on fire, in' order to burn all the 
Christians within. But before the wood was ignited, 
he caused it to be proclaimed, that whoever would 
come out and sacrifice to the god Jupiter, should be 
secure of his life, and, moreover, be rewarded by the 
Emperor. They replied that they knew nothing of 
Jupiter; that Ghrist was their Lord and God, by the 
honor of His name, and calling upon the same they 



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would live and die. It is to be regarded as a special 
miracle, that among so many thousand Christians there 
was not found one who desired to go out, in order to 
save his life by denying Christ; for all remained to- 
gether with one accord, singing, and praising Christ, 
as long as the smoke and vapor permitted them to use 
their tongues." 

OKI GEN, FAMOUS CHRISTIAN 
TEACHER AND WRITER 

"In our account of baptism in the third century, 
with special reference to the year 231, we have spoken 
of the views of Origan and shown that he has left us 
very excellent and salutary teachings concerning bap- 
tism upon faith; and also, that in his teaching he 
opposed the swearing of oaths, war, compulsory celi- 
bacy, the literal view of the Lord's Supper, those who 
taught something, and did not practice it themselves, 
the antichrist, etc. 

"We have likewise shown tnere, that some very pe- 
culiar things were laid to his charge as his views, 
from which, however, the principal ancient writers, as 
well as later authors, have vindicated him; all of 
which may be examined at the place indicated, and con- 
sidered with Christian discretion. This we leave to 
the judgment of the judicious. We shall therefore 
proceed to treat of his martyrdom, and how much he had 
to suffer for the name of the Lord Jesus. 

"From the very beginning of his knowledge he placed 
himself in great danger of being apprehended or put to 
•death for the testimony of the Son of God. For when 
he was but seventeen years old, and his father, whom 
he affectionately loved, had been apprehended for the 
.Christian religion, and had nothing to expect but 
death (as we h^ve noted for the year 202), he did not 
only comfort him by letter, but, as other writers 
state, desired to follow him into prison, yea even 
unto death; which he would have done, had not his 
mother prevented it by withholding or taking away his 
clothes. 



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"Besides this he often exposed himself to danger for 
the Christian martyrs, because of his extraordinary 
love for them. He would station himself near the tri- 
bunal, where the apprehended Christians were making 
their last defense, or were to receive their sentence 
of death, and when they were becoming weak he would 
strengthen and encourage them; he went with them to 
death, even to the place of execution; he gave them 
the last kiss of peace, as a friendly and fraternal 
farewell; so that frequently he would have lost his 
life, had not God remarkably and miraculously pre- 
served him. Soldiers who were hired for the purpose 
by the enemies of the truth, lay in ambush for his 
person and for the house in which he lived, in order 
to apprehend or kill him; so that on account of the 
fierce persecution he could remain no longer in 
Alexandria, the place where he had been brought up; 
and this the more, because the believers there, on 
account of his conspicuousness, could no longer con- 
ceal him/ 

"His beloved disciples, whom he had faithfully 
taught the ways of God, had nearly all been put to 
death for the name of Jesus Christ, among whom were, 
Plutarch, Heraclides, Hero, the two pious men called 
Serenus, Rhais, Marcella, and others; whom we have 
mentioned in the years A.D. 203 and 20^. 

!t It may therefore be considered a miracle that 
Origenes lived so long in the midst of deadly perse- 
cutions, namely, from his seventh to his seventieth 
year, which is more than fifty years. 

"But finally, sufferings beyond measure came upon 
him; he was cast into the deepest prison, his neck 
loaded with iron chains, his feet placed in the stocks, 
and stretched so that four holes were between them. 
There he was tortured with fire and divers other means 
of torment; but he bore it all with utmost patience. 
Nevertheless, it appears from ancient writers, that he 
was not put to death judicially, but, as Epiphanius 
writes, was banished to Cesarea Statonis; and that fi- 
nally, having moved to Tyre, he died and was buried 
there, under Gallus and Valusianus." — L.C. 
Accounts taken from Martyr's Mirror. 



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NOAH 

Sc huge and high, so long and wide 

Was No ah 1 s mighty beat 
That those who looked and laughed at it 

Said, "Can it even float?" 
But God knew all about it; 

He had a perfect plan 
To save the many animals 

And spare the life of Man* 

Can you imagine a large wooden boat almost a tenth 
of a mile long and as wide and as high as a large barn? 
Noah certainly had a lot of faith in God to work so hard 
on such a huge building. He built a door in the side of 
the ark big enough to let the largest animals in. He 
put a window in the ark, and different floors in it so 
it could hold animals, 3 stories high. Perhaps he built 
cages inside for thousands of birds, and mangers and 
pens for thousands of animals. How hard he must have 
worked — -trying to build it just like God wanted it. 
And all the time he was working, there were probably 
people watching him and laughing, calling him names and 
making fun of what he was doing. But Noah believed God: 
he KNEW it would rain — so he kept right on working. 

He brought birds, cattle, and all the creeping animals 
into the ark, and probably had tc gather food into the 
ark for all of them — enough tc last for many months. 

Then it rained. And RAINED! And it POURED DOW RAINI 
As the floodwaters rose higher, all the people who had 
laughed at Noah drowned. But Noah, his 3 sons, and 
their wives were saved becaused they believed God. — SKB 

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VOL, 25 MARCH, 1978 NO. 3 



"Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain 
from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul." 1 Peter 2: 1 1 



THE HIDDEN CROSS 

I saw the Cross — not on a lofty tower 

Where chimes are pealed and anthems sweetly sung, 

But planted in Golgotha's lonely bower, 

And darkening clouds of sorrow 'round it hung, 

I saw the Cross — its form hung o'er my heart, 
But not on golden chain or rosary; 
And though in life's pursuits I found a part, 
The Cross was unobserved by all but me. 

I saw the Cross again — 'twas pictured not 
On garb of pilgrim seeking empty tomb, 
Bat. stamped upon my word, my deed, my thought, 
I found I, too, a pilgrim had become. 

The Cross now glows with heavenly light divine; 
It helps me over life's most rugged road; 
Methinks, dear Lord, it is a staff of Thine 
By which I'll reach the Paradise of God. 

By Helen Arnold 






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JESUS, THE LIVING ONE 

"And when I saw him, I fell at his feet as dead. 
And he laid his right hand upon me, saying unto me, 
Fear not; I am the first and the last: I am he that 
liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for 
evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of 
death." (Revelation 1:17,18) 

These two verses tell of the encounter on the Isle 
of Patmos of John with the ever-living Christ. Per- 
haps the last time John had seen Jesus was when He as- 
cended from Mount Olivet. John had also watched as He 
slowly died on the cross. He had been quick to believe 
in Jesus' resurrection when he saw the empty linen 
clothes and the napkin in the vacant tomb. John had 
been there *wnen Jesus met the disciples after His res- 
urrection — when He entered the room through a closed 
door and told them, "Peace be unto you." He had seen 
the torn hands and pierced feet and had heard the 
Saviour say to tell what they had seen in all the world. 

Now, over sixty years later, Jesus appears again to 
His beloved apostle. This time His appearance is so 
glorious that John falls at His feet as dead. His 
words spoken at this time concern us most at this res- 
urrection season. "I am he that liveth, and was dead; 
and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have 
the keys of hell and of death." 

To believe this statement of Jesus is basic in our 
Christian faith. We have never seen Him or heard Him 
speak, but still we are asked to believe. Jesus told 
the doubter Thomas, "Thomas, because thou hast seen me, 
thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, 
and yet have believed." (John 20:29) John and Thomas 
and the rest saw the Lord Jesus and they believed Him. 
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faithful believers and their written testimonies, we 
can believe today. 

To lower the bodies of loved ones into graves and 
fill in the ground over them seems so final. The 
scene offers no hope. In fact there is no hope in 
death. Our hope must come from some other source. I 
have heard unbelievers say, "No one ever comes back to 
tell us what it is like to die." But One did come 
back. He told John that He was the one that had been 
dead but now He was alive for evermore. Now He has 
the keys of hell and of death. 

There is no way we can make people believe this and 
so have hope beyond the grave through Jesus. But we 
can do like the first witnesses did. We can believe 
it ourselves and tnen tell it as one who believes it. 
And God can use that kind of testimony as He has 
through the centuries. 

As many have said before, it is the empty tomb that 
is important to Christians. The counterfeit religions 
of the world have dead heroes and their shrines con- 
tain the dead bodies of those who seemed so important 
in life. But there is no hope in a dead body. Our 
hope is in the Cue who was dead but is now alive for 
evermore. Death holds no terror or despair for the 
believers since Jesus rose that first day of the week 
— and the first day of hope for all who trust in Him. 

— L.C. 

Death shall not destroy my comfort, 
Christ shall guide me through the gloom; 
Down He'll send some angel convoy 
To convey my spirit home. 

Jordan's streams ehall not o'er-flow me 
While my Saviour's by my side; 
Canaan, Canaan lies before me, 
Rise, and cross the swelling tide. 



Smiling angels now surround me, 
Troops resplendent fill the skies; 
Glory shining all around me 
While my happy spirit flies* 



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Jesus clad in dazzling splendor, 
Now, me thinks, appears in view! 
Brethren, could you see my Jesus, 
You would love and serve Him, too. 

Soon with angels I'll be marching 
With bright glory on my brow; 
Who will share my blissful portion, 
Who will love my Saviour now? 

— Author unknown 



THOUGHTS ON GRACE AND WORKS 

"For by graee are ye saved through faithj and that 
not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of 
works, lest any man should boast. 11 (Ephesians 2:8,9) 
The above Scripture, we feel, is misunderstood by 
many today. Many would tell us it isn't necessary to 
be baptized or keep other New Testament teachings, for 
they say we are saved by grace and not by works. Now 
this is true if rightly understood* I believe when 
the above Scripture is used, the following verse (10) 
should also be used in connection: "For we are his 
workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, 
which God hath before ordained that we should walk in 
them. n 

Now here is a little story to somewhat show how we 
are saved by grace and how we never merit the great 
reward: 

In a certain country there ruled a very kind 
and rich king. In this country a man had trans- 
gressed and was worthy of death. Before he was 
to die, the king's own son came to the prison 
and told the transgressor he was going to take 
his place and die in his stead. The son then 
told the transgressor that he must believe him 
and his father and repent and be sorry for his 
transgression and be washed in a river flowing 
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forgiven and washed clean of his transgression. 
The son further explained that he had been washed 
in the river and been obedient to his father in 
all things, only doing the things that pleased 
his father. The son then handed him a book and 
told him the book contained his life story, a 
story of obedience to the father, and If he would 
follow the examples and teachings in the book very 
carefully, he would receive a great reward — a 
wonderful inheritance. He further added that, 
although his father was one that expected obedi- 
ence, he was very kind, loving and merciful, and 
if the transgressor ever did that which displeased 
the father, it would be needful to fall before 
him and plead for forgiveness and he would freely 
forgive . 

Now this story doesn't show the completeness of the 
great plan of salvation, but enough that we can see 
how helpless the transgressor was, how merciful, lov- 
ing and kind the father and son were, and that if he 
chose to comply with the. terms laid before him, he 
would receive — but never merit — the great reward or 
inheritance. 

Yes, the great plan of salvation Is laid out before 
us. We can either choose or reject. If we reject, 
the wages of sin is death. But if we choose, the gift 
will be ours — eternal life through Jesus Ghrist our 
Lord. (Romans 6:23) Yes, Jesus did for us what we 
could not do for ourselves by dying on the cross and 
shedding His blood. ". . . without shedding of blood 
is no remission." (Hebrews 9:22) Sin cannot enter 
that beautiful city. (Revelation 21:27) The law was 
weak through the flesh. (Romans 8:3) Man is incapable 
of saving himself. 

Now is it fair for us to accept the atoning work of 
His shed blood and not accept His life, teachings and 
examples? I believe if we understand the Word proper- 
ly, we cannot separate them. Jesus said, r, I am the 
way, the truth, and the life. . , » (John 14:6) Again 
He said, "And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not 
the things which I say?" (Luke 6:4.6) Jesus also said, 



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"And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after 
me, cannot be my disciple." (luke 14:27} The Word 
says,' "... work out your own salvation with fear and 
trembling. For it is God which worketh in you both to 
will and to do of his good pleasure J' (Philippians 2: 
12,13) "Know ye not that they which run in a race run 
all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may 
obtain." (I Corinthians 9:24-) "Enter ye in at the 
strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the 
way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be 
which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and 
narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few 
there be that find it." (Matthew 7:13, 14) "• • • Re- 
ceive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able 
to save your souls. But be ye doers of the word, and 
not hearers only, deceiving your own selves." (James 
1:21,22) "Blessed are they that do his commandments, 
that they may have right to the tree of life, and may 
enter in through the gates into the city." (Revelation 
22:14) John the Baptist said, "Bring forth therefore 
fruits meet for repentance:" (Matthew 3:8) "This is a 
faithful saying, and these things I will that thou 
affirm constantly, that they which have believed in 
God might be careful to maintain good works ..." 
(Titus 3:8) "Even so faith, if it hath not works, is 
dead, being alone. Yea, a man may say, Thou hast 
faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without 
thy' works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works 
. . . For as the body without the spirit is dead, so 
faith without works is dead also." (James 2:17,18,26) 
"My little children, let us not love in word, neither 
in tongue; but in deed and in truth." (I John 3:18) 
"Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth." 
(John 17:17) "And ye shall know the truth, and the 
truth shall make you free." (John 8:32) "He that 
saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, 
is a liar, and the truth is not in him." (I John 2:4) 
"They profess that they know God; but in works they 
deny him, being abominable, and disobedient, and unto 
every good work reprobate." (Titus 1 :16) "And he that 
overcometh, and keepeth my works unto the end, to him 



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will I give power over the nations:" (Revelation 2; 
26) 

Now I think this should be sufficient from God's 
Holy Word to show us without a shadow of doubt that 
while we are saved by grace and not by works, neither 
will we be saved without obedience to God, "So like- 
wise ye, when ye shall have done all those things 
which are commanded you, say, We are unprofitable ser- 
vants; we have done that which was our duty to do." 
(Luke 17:10) There are parts of the Word that may be 
hard for us to understand, yet, as an overall picture, 
it is very simple. ". , . but it shall be for those: 
the wayfaring men, though fools, shall not err there- 
in. " (Isaiah 35:8) 

In Ghristian love, 
Kenneth Garber, 
Hughson, California 

BLESSED REDEEMER 

Up Calvary's mountain one dreadful morn, 
Walked Christ my Saviour weary and worn, 
Facing for sinners death on the cross, 
That He might save them from endless loss, 

"Father, forgive them I" Thus did He pray, 
E'en while His life-blood flowed fast away; 
Praying for sinners while in such woe — 
Nc one but Jesus ever loved so* 

how I love Him, Saviour and Friend, 
How can my praises ever find endi 
Through years unnumbered on Heaven's shore 
My tongue shall praise Him fcrevermore. 

Blessed Redeemer, precious Redeemer! 
Seems now I see Him on Calvary's tree; 
Wounded and bleeding, for sinners pleading, 
Blind and unheeding — dying for me! 

— Avis Burgeson Christiansen 



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TRIP TO BRAZIL 

To anyone interested, we would like to share our 
trip to Haiti and Brazil with you* First we would 
like to thank all for your concern and prayers for us 
as we travelled. We were constantly reminded of God's 
mercy and feel indebted to God and you all for a safe 
return. 

We felt the need for someone to go to Brazil and 
were sure God would provide a way if it was His will. 
As summer ended and fall took its place, things looked 
favorable for us to go. We asked our brethren about 
it and told our feelings about someone going. They 
felt if we could go, we should. Brother Herman and 
Sister Carol Royer decided to accompany us, for which 
we were very thankful. 

It takes quite a bit of preparation for a trip of 
this kind — passports, vaccinations, plane reservations, 
etc. We dreaded to leave our families but felt if it 
was not God's will, He would reveal it to us. 

Departing day was December 3* Our families took us 
to the South Bend Airport, and a number of our breth- 
ren and sisters were there to see us off and wish us 
God's blessings. After our good-byes and a few tears 
we left South Bend at 7:55 a.m., arriving in Chicago 
thirty minutes later. We got to Miami at 12:30 p.m. 
While there, we exchanged some of our money to 
Brazilian money. The exchange rate was 1 Tg- cruzeros 
for one American dollar. 

As my vrife's nephew, Lamar Meyers, lives in Haiti, 
we made plans to spend a few days with them. We left 
Miami at 3:30 and arrived in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, at 
5:15. We were glad Lamar was there to meet us, since 
we could not understand the Creole language that is 
spoken there. Lamar's live 120 miles from Port-au- 
Prince. The first 50 miles the road was black- 
topped and the last 70 was dirt. 

One of the first things we noticed was the great 
number of people. The streets were full of themj the 



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vehicles use their horns constantly to clear the road 
so as to get through. 

The trip to their home was quite an experience. It 
was dark and hot. We crossed a mountain range. It 
had rained in the afternoon, which made the dirt road 
very slippery. We crossed streams and waterholesj 
some came up to the running board of our jeep. We 
arrived at Lamar's home at midnight. When we got out, 
Lamar checked the tires. One was nearly flat, and 
he'd had two flats on the way to the airport. After 
seeing the condition of the roads, we weren't sur- 
prised. 

Sunday morning at 7:30 we went with Lamar's to 
church. This service was for the missionaries and was 
in English. At 8:30 we were dismissed, then went to a 
Haitian church that Lamar is in charge of. As we 
neared the church- we heard singing. It was inspiring 
to hear familiar tunes, but in Creole language. Hard- 
ly any of them can read or write, so most of them sing 
from memory. The church was full, but they made room 
for us on the front bench. Lamar sat between us and 
interpreted for us. ooon the Haitian minister said 
Pastor Lamar has brought some friends and would they 
come up and give words of greeting. Herman and I did 
this, with Lamar interpreting. A visiting minister 
from Port-au-Prince gave a very good message. V/e were 
thankful to God for what we felt and observed at this 
service. 

It so happened they were having a three day dis- 
trict meeting for the Haitian ministers at this time, 
so every evening the public was invited. It was held 
in a large church on the mission compound. Every eve- 
ning when we would approach the church we would hear 
beautiful singing of familiar tunes, but strange words. 
From 1200 to 1500 attended each evening service. We 
were again asked to give greetings which we did the 
first evening but declined thereafter. We enjoyed the 
services with Lamar interpreting. 

One evening a missionary taught the people a new 
hymn (they did not have song books since so few can 
read). How eager they were to learn and soon were 
singing it very well. 



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With the size crowd of people, there were only three 
or four cars and jeeps there, plus a few bicycles, but 
in ten or fifteen minutes everyone was gone — on foot, 
visiting on the way home. They just seemed to melt 
into the darkness, and it was dark, as native homes 
do not have electricity. 

Haiti has from 500 to 700 people per square mile, 
so you see people everywhere. It is one of the poor- 
est countries in the world. We hear of poverty, but 
not until we see it does it really get close to us. 
The people live off the land and one another. Sugar 
cane and rice are their main crops. Their farming is 
done by hand, and they say it is harvested like it was 
in Bible times. 

We saw many interesting places and met many people. 
They were all so friendly and hospitable. The beggars 
were very touching. Lamar and his wife made us feel 
at home with them and made our short stay enjoyable. 

On Wednesday, December 7, Lamar's took us to Port- 
au-Prince again to get our plane for Brazil. With a 
few delays and another flat tire, we had only 8 minutes 
to spare when we boarded our plane. Again we were 
thankful to God for His care and the good time we had 
in Haiti. 

We left Port-au-Prince at 2:30 p.m. Our plane 
stopped at Jamaica for 30 minutes. Everyone had to 
leave the plane. Our next stop was Curacao, a small 
Dutch Island where we changed planes and waited two 
hours. Then we flew to Garacus, Venezuela. We didn't 
enjoy our time there, as they took our passports and 
kept them awhile, and of course we could hardly talk 
to them and they didn't seem at all helpful in getting 
us to our next plane which was about two miles from 
where we arrived. This was in the middle of the night. 
We had a three hour wait here, which we were glad for 
since the customs, etc., took so long. At 1;00 a.m. 
we left for Brasilia, which was a 6^ hour flight. As 
soon as we got out of the plane we could see Brother 
Wade, Sister Violet and Cheryl waving to us. How good 
it looked. After going through customs and greeting 
Wade's, we lpaded our luggage in their station w&gori 



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and started for their home, almost 300 miles away. 
It was very good road and quite a contrast to Haiti. 
In Brazil there is much wide open space, whereas Haiti 
was so crowded. Both countries are tropical and very 
pretty. 

We arrived at Wade's at 6:00 p.m., where we were 
greeted by Wade's mother, Sister Pauline Flora and 
their sons, Brent and Ted- Pauline and a Mennonite 
girl had a good supper ready. It had been 3 A hours 
since we left Lamar's, so we retired early with weary 
bodies but rejoicing In God's mercy. 

The next 12 days were full of pleasure. Wade's 
opened their home to us and made us feel like one of 
their family. Cur fellowship was sweet and we had 
much to visit about. Sister Carol was sick several 
days, which we were all sorry for, but she didn't al- 
low this to hinder our plans. We enjoyed getting bet- 
ter acquainted with Brent and Ted and going fishing 
with them in their pond. Little Cheryl was every- 
body's sunshine. The weather was ideal; the sun was 
hot, but it was always comfortable in the shade. 
Wade's took us to see Brother Russell and Sister Etta 
Mae and girls the next day. During our stay we also 
visited in a number of Mennonite and native homes. 
There is a settlement of about 30 families of Holdeman 
Mennonites nearby and they are a big help to Wade's, 
and Wade's return the help. We attended their church 
services the first Sunday evening we were there and 
enjoyed it. 

Most of the native people that we met were poor and 
illiterate but very friendly and hospitable. Wade has 
a native working for him, and he is a very conscien- 
tious man. Russell also has hired several natives and 
seems to appreciate them. We were told that 80$ of 
the Brazilians are Catholic but only 2% go to church. 

It was easy to see the same Creator created Brazil 
that created the rest of the world. The earth was 
created for man to live on and honor and glorify the 
Creator with all we have and are. We are thankful 
that in Brazil we found men and women doing this. 



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The part of Brazil we visited was tropical. There 
has only been one frost since our brethren have been 
down there. The land in this community was never cul- 
tivated till eight years ago when the hennonites moved 
there. Not knowing the condition of the soil or which 
farming methods were best, they've suffered some, but 
they are making progress in this and we trust it will 
be more profitable for them. It was spring time when 
we were there and the crops looked very good, but we 
know from experience in our country this doesn't tell 
the whole story. They raise mostly soy beans and rice** 
Many of the farmers are starting to plant coffee trees. 
This is something new in this area and they have hopes 
it will be a good thing for them, host farmers have 
cattle. There is plenty of grazing land and they are 
sowing improved pasture, which does much better than 
the native grass. 

We could see advantages in a tropical climate, also 
some disadvantages. God gives the choice of which we 
prefer. 

The land has long slopes, and at the bottom of each 
slope is a stream of water. These streams are spring 
fed and they run the year round. This is where most 
of the people get their water for all their needs. 
They divert some of the water from up stream and bring 
it to their houses. Some use water rams to push it up 
to their homes and a few haye dug wells. 

We enjoyed the wildlife there. They have many 
birds, large and small. We woke up to their chorus 
each morning. 

The first Sunday we were ther°- we had meeting in 
Wade's home. A few natives were there. Wade and 
Violet interpreted a little for them and we sang a 
little hymn in Portuguese. Everyone stayed for dinner 
and we had a good day. 

Wade's felt like we would have more visitors the 
next weekend, so he asked a young man in Rio Verde to 
interpret. John was his name. He is an agronomist and 
helps farmers in the county to build up their soil. He 
came on Friday to meet us and see wh&t was required. 
He is a Catholic and acquainted with; the Bible. At the 



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services, Saturday p.m. and Sunday morning, he read 
the text in Portuguese and translated our hymns and 
the preaching. We felt God had again supplied our 
needs and we are grateful for it. 

We had a service Saturday p.m. and Communion in the 
evening. We felt God's presence in a special way that 
evening and know that wherever man might be on this 
earth, His nearness is available if desired. 

On Sunday, i& of us worshiped together and everyone 
stayed for dinner. 

Monday evening Russell's came over for a farewell 
meeting. Time was running out and soon we would need 
to leave our loved ones in Brazil. It was rather 
touching, but our consolation was that even if we part 
we would still be one in heart. 

Tuesday morning, December 20, Wade's took us to the 
bus station in Rio Verde. Etta Mae and four girls 
were also going home. Russell helped us change buses 
in Goiona, also to get from the bus station to the 
airport in Brasilia, which we appreciated. (The bus 
station in Brasilia was huge with escalators, stores, 
etc.) He then went back to Rio Verde by bus. Our 
plane left Brasilia at 1 :20 a.m. and arrived in Miami 
at 6:50 a.m., or 8:50 Brazilian time. We had quite a 
wait in Miami (our departure time was delayed because 
of weather conditions in Chicago, but we got to South 
Bend in the evening). Our families and many of our 
brethren and sisters were there to welcome us. How 
thankful we were to be home again! May we give God 
the praise for all things. 

— Kenneth and Lois Martin 
Nappanee , Indiana 

BAPTISM 

We were made to rejoice once more when another 
precious soul, Joann Garber, requested Christian 
baptism which was administered on Sunday P.M., 
February 20, 1978. 

— Elmer Brovont 



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CARING 1 AND. SHARING 

Sometimes thoughts come to us that we feel inspired 
to share with others. As I was going about my work one 
day last fall, my mind traveled through many avenues, 
especially thinking of some who we knew at the time had 
heavy burdens. Some were close , and others we didn't 
know so well. Our hearts went out to them and all man- 
kind In general; and just how burdensome life can become 
when we lose sight of our God, the One who loved us and 
gave us His all. As I hummed a tune, some of these 
words came to my mind and I tried to pen them in a verse. 
So often we need each other's care, if only a smile 
along the way. People can become so lonely and really 
feel no one cares. If at any time we feel inspired to 
share a thought, give a word of encouragement, or whis- 
per a prayer for those we meet along the way, let's take 
advantage and do so.. It will make our day brighter, 
also. Just recently I spent a week in the hospital, 
and I was amazed how wonderful the doctors and nurses 
care for the ones who suffer. I especially noticed the 
kind manner in which they talked and their concern for 
each patient as they went about their work. They were 
helping those who suffer physically to ease their pain. 
We too can help those who suffer spiritually to ease 
their troubled hearts by just letting them know we 
care. One made the statement one time: "Those who de- 
serve love the least, need it the most." How true! 
May we continue to look up and realize where all our 
strength comes from and continually give Him due praise 
for our many wonderful blessings! 

There is One who has come from Heaven above; 

He has come in rich glory and full of God's love; 
He is ready to help us, and will intercede, 

If only we ask Hk when we are in need. 
We know we can't travel this way all alone. 

Jesus hung on the cross for our sins to atone; 
Our problems are His if we desire to do right; 

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So my loving brother, my sister so dear, 

Take courage , look up, and be filled with cheer. 

We all have our failures, discouragements too; 

With our many blessings, there are times we feel blue. 
We mast not despair, just keep striving each. day 

To keep our hearts pure, and continue to pray. 
There is nothing too great, there is nothing so small, 

But what He will hear us, and answer our call." 
If only we ask Him, our Guide and our Friend, 

He will help when we're weary; He will help to the end. 
So my loving brother, my sister so true, 

Look up and remember He will always help youi 

Now our faith sometimes falters, our hearts fail us too. 

And the problems of life seem too great to pursue; 
Our doubts overwhelm us, we can f t seem to smile, 

But let's keep going forward, if just for one mile. 
Then when we have traveled a mile of the road,- 

Our steps become swifter, and lighter our' load; 
And yet still another, till the light of the dawn, 

We see hope, we see promise, and we travel on. 
So my loving brother, my sister so kind, 

Just keep looking up; in His presence we'll find 
A love that's so gracious, so good and so true, 

A love overflowing for me and for youi 

— Carol Boone 

New Lebanon, Ohio 

MEETING NOTICES 

The Salida Congregation of the Old Brethren Church 
have agreed, the Lord willing, to hold our spring Love- 
feast on April 1 & 2. A hearty invitation and welcome 
is extended to all of our members and friends to attend. 

—Daniel F. Wolf 

We of the Eastern district of the Old Brethren have 
agreed to hold Annual Meeting at the Wakarusa meeting 
house, Lord willing, May 12, 13 & 14. We extend a 
hearty invitation to members and friends to be with us 
at that time. —Elmer Brovont 



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HISTORICAL 

CHRISTIAN PERSECUTION 
OF THE FOURTH CENTURY 

The fourth century began with the tenth persecution 
which was one of the most severe and lasted for ten 
years. Two emperors, Diocletian and Maximian, ruled 
jointly and agreed together to exterminate the fol- 
lowers of Jesus Christ. They were encouraged by 
Diocletianfe adopted son, Galerius, and his mother, 
both of whom had bitter hatred for the Christians. 

Many of the pagans 1 troubles, including the decline 
of the empire itself, were blamed on the fact that 
great numbers had departed from the ancient idol wor- 
ship. The emperors determined to force everyone to 
return and signify it by an actual sacrifice to their 
gods. Of course, the Christians refused to do this. 

The Christians were becoming more numerous, and 
also more errors were being introduced. In some 
places they took up arms to defend themselves. Some 
apostate Christians turned against the Church and en- 
couraged the persecutors. The Christians were blamed 
for a fire in Nicomedia which destroyed the palace of 
the emperor. All tnis coupled with the inhuman rage 
and thirst for blood of the Eiaperor Diocletian made 
this tenth persecution a period of most intense suf- 
fering for the true followers of Christ. 

We reprint here from Ma r t yr 1 s Mirror several ac- 
counts indicating the severity of the trials and also 
the steadfastness of the faith of those who were 
called to suffer for the name of Jesus Christ, — L.C. 

AM EXTRACT FROM THE LETTERS 
WHICH THE MARTYR PHILEAS WROTE 
TO THE CHURCH AT THUMUS 

'The holy martyrs who fought with us, have left us 
good examples. Being taught out of the divine 
Scriptures, they fixed the eyes of their hearts on 
God, and voluntarily, without the least fear, 



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apprehended death for the sake of the truth. For they 
constantly bore in mind that our Lord Jesus Christ be- 
came man for our sakes; and that He has taught us, to 
fight against sin even unto death. For, being equal 
with God, He thought it not robbery, but made Himself 
of no reputation, and took upon Him the form of a ser- 
vant. And being found in fashion as a man, He humbled 
Himself unto death, even the death of the cross. The 
holy martyrs followed His example, enduring all pain 
and torment, that they might not stain the conscience 
of their faith j for the perfect love which was in them 
cast out all fear. It is impossible for me to de- 
scribe the power, patience, and steadfastness of the 
martyrs, yea, it is scarcely credible except for those 
who have seen it with their own eyes; for they were 
exposed, and every one was at liberty to inflict upon 
them whatever contumely or torment he pleased, and if 
any invented a ne-w mode of torture, he was permitted 
to torment them with it himself. 

"As every heathen had been given full power over 
the Christians, to inflict upon them all manner of 
vexation, mockery, and ignominy, yea, to put them to 
death in every way; they beat some with sticks, others 
with rods, scourges, whips, thongs, ropes, or whatever 
they could the most readily lay hold of; which specta- 
cle was changed now and then by new kinds of torture 
and beating which the Christians had to undergo. Some 
of them had their hands tied behind their backs, and 
were suspended from a gibbet, and then all their mem- 
bers were stretched apart by executioner's instruments* 
They were then, through the command of the magistrate, 
scourged with iron rods on the whole body, not only on 
their sides, as was customary to do with murderers, 
but even on the belly, the shins, buttocks, and some 
on all the most sensitive parts of the body. Others 
were suspended by one hand to the ceiling of a gallery, 
and thus stretched limb from limb, which exceeds every 
other torture. Others were tied back to back to pil- 
lars or columns, but so that their feet did not touch 
the ground; and the more the executioners or their 
assistants tightened the ropes, the more were the 



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martyrs tormented by the weight of their own bodies. 
And this cruel torment lasted not only while the 
President was engaged in examining them, but he often 
let them hang a whole day in this torment. While the 
President or criminal Judge would go from one to the 
other to examine them on the rack, he had his servants 
closely observe the first ones, to see whether any of 
them, overcome by the intensity of the torments, were 
ready to yield. He also commanded his executioners 
that they should tighten the ropes on them the longer 
the more. But if they should see that the martyrs were 
almost ready to die, then they should take them -down, 
and drag them over the ground, over stones, shells, 
potsherds, and caltrops. For they had no other con- 
sideration for the Christians, than how they might sub- 
ject them, if it were possible, to a thousand deaths — 
just as though they were not human beings, . . " 

PANCRATIUS, A YOUTH OF FOURTEEN YEARS, 
BEHEADED FOR THE TESTIMONY OF JESUS CHRIST, 
WITHOUT THE CITY OF ROME, A.D. 303 

"There was at that time a Christian youth of four- 
teen years, called Pancratius, who, when he was brought 
before the Emperor Diocletian found such special favor 
in the eyos of the latter, that he promised to adopt 
him as his son, if he would abandon Christ, and show 
honor to the gods of the Romans, But this youth, who 
was old in the knowledge and love of his Saviour, 
showed such steadfastness in defending his faith and 
despising the gods, that the Emperor, filled with rage, 
commanded that he should be decapitated, on the 
Aurelian way, just out of the city of Rome. Thus this 
youth loved the honor of his Saviour more than his own 
life, and hence he is justly reckoned among the number 
of the pious martyrs. 

PRIMUS AND FELICIAN, AFTER MANX TORMENTS, 
BEHEADED AT NUMENTA IN ITALY, A,D, 303 

"In the year 303 two brothers, Primus and Felician, 
were brought prisoners before the criminal Judge of the 
city of Numenta, in Italy. He first examined Felician, 



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and asked him, whether he would rather sacrifice to 
the gods, and live in honors, and see good days, or 
be tortured unto death with all manner of torments? 
"Felician answered; f How canst thou speak to me 
of pleasant days? I am now eighty years old, and have 
been enlightened with the saving knowledge of Christ 
for about thirty years,* yea, I am still finding the 
greatest joy of my heart in His service. And thou 
wouldst persuade me to forsake my Saviour, and accept 
instead of Him the vain lusts of this world! Far be 
it from me j for I have resolved to cleave to Christ, 
my Lord and my God, to the very last breath of my 
life.' 

"Thereupon this good old man was put in prison, and 
his brother Primus brought forth, ; whom the Judge en- 
deavored to persuade that Felician, his. dear old 
brother, had apostatized. But Primus was confident 
that the contrary was truej therefore he said that it 
was a lie. Upon this he was beaten with sticks, arid 
burned on his loins with lamps. But he sang with ; the 
prophet David; *0 Lord, Thou hast proved us with fire, 
as silver is tried. 1 

"Then both were tormented, in different waysf. Mol- 
ten lead was poured down Primus 1 throat, while 
Felician was beaten with leaded scourges, nailed with 
his hands and feet to a stake, and inhumanly tortured. 
Both were cast before the lions and bears; but as 
these would not harm them the Judge caused the martyrs 
to be beheaded and their dead bodies laid on the 
ground for the dogs, and the birds of the air.^ However, 
they were buried by the Christians." 

Accounts taken from Martyr's Mirror . 



MOTE OF THANKS r: :: '•" 

We would like to thank all the brethren and sisters 

and friends and loved ones who helped and shared with 

us after the fire. We thank you for your encouragement 

also, and trust we can all work together. May the Lord 

richly bless each one. 

In Christian love, 

Arnold and Rachel Bowser 



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ABRAHAM 

How would you feel if God would ask you to leave 
your father and mother and most of your family and 
friends far behind , and to go into a far country which 
you had never seen before? 

God told Abraham to do that very thing* Abraham 
loved the Lord God, but Abraham's father served false 
gods. The Lcrd told Abraham to go to the land cf 
Canaan, far away, where he could raise children that 
would be faithful to the God that Abraham loved, 

Abraham took his wife Sarah, his nephew Lot, and 
some servants and made the long trip. Through plains 
and mountains they traveled until they reached the 
land of Canaan — the land which God had promised to 
Abraham and to his children. 

The Lord blessed Abraham and Lot, and they became 
very rich. There was net enough pasture for the large 
flecks of sheep and herds of cattle that they owned, 
so Abraham told Lot that they needed to separate. God 
had promised the land to Abraham, so Abraham could have 
told Lot to go somewhere else. But Abraham was too 
kind to do something like that. "You take the best 
land if you want to," he told Lot, "And I'll take 
whatever is left. 11 

One night God asked Abraham if he could count the 
thousands of stars twinkling in the black sky. "So 
shall your seed be," He told Abraham. And when Abraham 
was 100 years old, the son God had promised to him was 
born; and they called him Isaac. Isaac also grew up 
to serve the Lord, and taught his children, too, about 
God. Abraham, that man of faith, lived to be 175 
years old. — S.K.B. 

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VOL. 25 APRIL, 1978 NO, 4 

"Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain 
from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul." 1 Peter 2: 1 1 



THE STRENGTH WAS GOD'S 

No strength of mine could face the test, 

No cheerful courage brave the blast. 

My heart, a cringing coward, fled 

And found a sheltered nook at last. 

I can't go on I It's just too hard I 
Each blow I thought would be the end. 
But lying still before my Lord 
I felt what only He could send. 

At first His peace, and then His love, 
Then courage lent her silken wings, 
And gently, sweetly from above, 
A hint of future, better things. 

And once again sweet healing came 
As Heaven's fountains bubbled up 
With waters cool and crystal clear 
To fill my empty, waiting cup. 



The fear was mine, the weakness, too. 

The strength was God's that saw me through I 



-Vera Miller 
Tuolumne , California 



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DO I LOVE THE BRETHREN? 

How do I feel toward my brethren? Do I really love 
them? All of them? 

What about the one who seems hardest to love — or 
the one who doesn't fit in so well — or the one who 
doesn't agree with me in some of my thinking? Does 
he have plenty of proof that I love him dearly — that 
I esteem him highly and am glad for his fellowship? 

As we prayerfully consider the following ten ques- 
tions may the Holy Spirit guide our thoughts. 

DO I LOVE MY BROTHER? The Word of God teaches me to 
love him with a high and holy, deep and generous, pure 
and self-sacrificing, undying love. And with such a 
love has Christ my Lord loved me. Does my brother 
feel such a heavenly love freely flowing from my heart 
to his? 

DO I SERVE HIM? Do I love him so much that I am will- 
ing to sacrifice my time, my material goods, my per- 
sonal pleasures and ideas to help him? Am I his 
faithful servant , or would I rather be "boss"? 

HAVE I FORGIVEN HIM? "Until seventy times seven," 
Jesus said. And if we have truly forgiven someone 
that many times, we will surely love him more than we 
ever did before. 

HAVE I BEEN PATIENT WITH HIM? Christ has put up with 
all my blunders, my backslidings, my errors, my incon- 
sistencies, my bad habits, my human ways — and loves me 
still! Do I try to be that patient with my brother? 
Or do I expect him to always be perfect (which I am 
not) and to walk quickly on the path where my own feet 
have faltered? 

DO I REMEMBER HIM IN MY PRAYER LIFE? "If any man see 
his brother sin a sin which is not unto death, he 



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shall ask, and he shall give him life for them that sin 
not unto death." Do I practice this whenever a broth- 
er's fault becomes evident? In prayer, too, I am my 
brother's keeper. 

DO I ESTEEM HIM MORE HIGHLY THAN MYSELF? Or do I think 
that I am a little holier, perhaps wiser — a better 
Christian and person in general? Do I look down at 
him, or up to him? Can I see his good points clearly? 

DO I GO THE SECOND MILE WITH HIM? When working with 
him in natural things, for example, do I just do "my 
share", or do I do what God wants me to do — all that 
I reasonably can — to help him? 

DO I ALWAYS SJEAK AS KINDLY AS I CAN ABOUT HIM? If he 
would someday bring me a paper on which was written 
everything I ever said about him, would I have reason 
to be ashamed? 

AM I WILLING TO GIVE AND RECEIVE COUNSEL WITH- HIM, in 
the scriptural way? Advice should be given when it 
will probably be helpful, but always in the "attitude 
of feetwashing". Have I received his counsel to- me? 
I should prize it dearly! By such brotherly admonition 
I can see myself more clearly, and the church is pur- 
ified. 

WOULD I' DIE FOR HIM? "Greater love hath no man than 
this, that. a man lay down his life for his friends." 
Would my love to my brother pass this greatest test, 
if it should someday come? 

Can any of us say we are perfect in our love to our 
brethren? We must strive to do better! For the good 
of our own souls, for the sake of our children, and for 
our witness to those in darkness around us, we must 
learn to love — as Christ loved us. 

"By this shall an men know that ye are my disciple^ 
if ye have love one to another. " 

— Stanley K. Brubaker 
Goshen, Indiana 



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IN THE TIME OF STORM 

Recently, we experienced an electrical storm with 
constant lightning flashes and thunder crashes that 
lasted for approximately thirty minutes before fading 
into the distance* These few thoughts raced into my 
mind . . . 

1 . Thunder made a horribly loud noise, but how will it 
be when Christ returns? Have we wondered how great 
the noise will be then, when the powers of heaven 
will be shaken? (II Peter 3:1 0) 

2. We felt the Power and Protection from Above. We 
know Satan has much power as he works deceit into 
the hearts of individuals, but he is very weak com- 
pared to the Power of God. 

3. Much fear within the hearts of some people was ob- 
served, as they did not know which way to go but 
just wanted so desperately to get away and hide 
from the storm's effects. (Please read St. John 
14:1,18,27.) 

As suddenly as the storm crept upon us, I watched 
and was in wonderment. . . If this were the ending of 
the world, would we be ready to meet our Lord face to 
face? Or would we try to hide? 

Our concern should be (and must be) for those who 
are drifting along in life and living in sin. Do they 
not realize where they are headed in such a sad, 
worldly condition? Are they really enjoying life? Or 
just pretending? And are we doing our part to show 
them the way that is better? Or do we fall guilty of 
shunning them and saying, "It would not do any good 
for ME to try to help them — they would not listen, 
anyway"? Would we be making excuse for ourselves? How 
can we be sure it would be to no avail unless we put 
forth an effort and keep trying to win them for the 
Lord? 

Oh, dear Reader, that one living in a world of sin 
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word of encouragement and an offer to help. Perhaps 
the dear troubled, bewildered one is watching and look- 
ing to YOU for an example. Think about it for just a 
moment. Are we letting our light shine brightly? 

We oftentimes become too busy with the cares of this 
life, and although we think of and pray for our dear 
ones often, do we consider doing something -just a lit- 
tle special to uplift a lonely or discouraged one? It 
may be a simple written note or letter, a phone call 
qr a visit that would take only a moment of our time, 
but- oh, how rewarding and uplifting each or any of 
these could be in an hour of loneliness. We Jaust be 
careful, however, we not go out of our way only when 
we want help or ask a favor from a dear one. 

Like the sudden, fierce storm that hit our area, 
some day our life will draw to its closing and we 
should be conscious to live each day as though it were 
our last because it may very well be our last. Tomor- 
row may never be ours. We have no guarantee. 

Let us do our work NOW while we have the golden op- 
portunity to help the sinning ones, the weak or fallen 
ones, the lonely, the. aged* Tomorrow may to too late! 
I am sure we all want to hear our dear Saviour say 
"Well done, thou good and faithful servant «« 

May we be found ready, waiting and watching for our 
dear Lord to return for His own is my prayer. 

— Leona Millar 
MiWuk, Calzfornia 



ANNUAL MEETING NOTICE 



We of the Eastern district of the Old Brethren have 
agreed to hold Annual Meeting at the Wakarusa meeting 
house, Lord willing, May 12, 13 & 14. We extend a 
hearty invitation to members and friends to be with us 
at that time. 

— Elmer Brovont 



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TO THE CHILDREN 

Dear Readers: 

Thirty some years ago, when I was just a beginner 
in "the pathway of life", I wrote a few lines for the 
Vindicator, and now again I come with a few thoughts 
that have filled my heart so long, I feel pressed to 
give them expression. 

My tender love and solicitude goes out to the chil- 
dren of our fraternity and it is to them that I ad- 
dress these lines. 

Dear children, you who have parents in the faith 
experience a wonderful opportunity and enjoy a great 
blessing. Like the Hebrew children, you are taught 
when the "doors are closed", and 0, I wonder if you 
realize the great blessing and treasure as you should. 

Let me give you a brief sketch of my life and you 
will, I think, readily see why I consider children 
born of believing parents and reared in the faith pos- 
sessed of such wonderful privileges. 

My paternal grandparents were members of the German 
Baptist church, but my parents started their home, as 
many others are started, on a foundation of love and 
honesty; but pride ruled their wills and they made no 
profession of faith until late in life after their 
children had reached young man and womanhood* 

There came a time in my life, when I was about six- 
teen years old, when I commenced to read and strive to 
understand the duty I owed to God, and here is where 
the teaching of my grandparents helped me. My father, 
though he did not do the work, had not forgotten the 
faith, and my questions were answered and my faltering 
footsteps guided — so I received my precepts. I re- 
ceived my example from a dear old brother, a minister 
and his companion, now gone to their reward. From my 
earliest recollection they were visitors in our home 
and their plain attire and humble manner impressed me 
as a child, and as I grew older I received many lessons 
from the brother's lips that helped me find "the way". 



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My father, mother and I were baptized the same day • 
and the dear brother who had visited us so many years 
administered the baptism, and when we started home he 
said, "Now like the eunuch of old, you may go on your 
way rejoicing." 0, dear old brother, how truly you 
expressed our emotion! We did indeed and in truth go 
on our way rejoicing; and down through the years with 
all the vicissitudes that time brings, the cares, the 
joys, the gains, the losses, I never cease to be 
thankful. Like Timothy of old I received enough of 
the truth from parents and grandparents to enable me 
to find "The King f s highway of holiness." 

Is it any wonder, dear children, that your bless- 
ings and privileges seem so great to me? 

As we hear and understand so we must give account. 
"He that knoweth to do good and doeth it not, to him 
it is sin, ,f 

Youth though fair, is fleeting; time bears us along 
so swiftly that before we are hardly conscious of the 
fact we have reached old age. And in retrospect would 
it not be more comforting to know that we have tried, 
though often failing, to do the Master T s will, tried 
to add to our talents, than to drift with the tide 
without an effort to avail ourselves of the opportuni- 
ty to secure the promised reward of the just? 

The follies of youth are often looked at lightly 
with the remark, "lou can't put old heads on young 
shoulders," and the saying is true. But C, serene, 
truth loving, God-fearing heads may adorn young shoul- 
ders; faces turned Zion-ward with the glory of the 
cross of Christ lighting the countenance may be borne 
on young shoulders. 

Dear children, do not procrastinate; acquaint your- 
selves with the word of God that when the draft of the 
Spirit comes you may be able to understand and receive 
it. Do not wait till father and mother are gone; come 
now, while you can mingle your voice with theirs in 
songs of praise and join your hand and lips with 
theirs in the beautiful and solemn communion service; 
rejoicing together all— "children of the Heavenly 
King. p r ove to your parents that you have heeded 



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their teachings and the lessons of truth in the Divine 
Word and with your young strength are willing to bear 
the cross and humble your heart to the easy yoke of 
Christ. Comfort them with the assurance that you are 
willing to add to your faith earnest work. 

The joyful times I attended communion services with 
my parents are events In my treasure house of memory 
that I would not in any wise exchange for the so- 
called pleasures of time. 

Just a few words to parents in the faith and I will 
close my already too long letter. 

Let us watch and pray God that our faith fail not, 
for we all realize full well the time of apathy toward 
all spiritual things in which we live. We should walk 
carefully before our children, always mindful to bring 
before the minds of those old enough to understand the 
spiritual side of things as far as we are able to dis- 
cern them, teaching faith where we have no vision , for 
we know that all the wisdom of this world will never 
reveal the mysteries that God has wisely concealed for 
us. As the heavens are higher than the earth so are 
God's thoughts than our thoughts. But we have faith 
and believe, for "faith is the substance of things 
hoped for, the evidence of things not seen." And be- 
lieving, let us teach our children the same and so in- 
spire a faith in God's infinite wisdom and love: "0 
the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and know- 
ledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and 
his ways past finding out!" (Romans 11:33) 

Lovingly, trustfully may we all, as parents and 
children pray the prayer in the dear old hymn, "Jesus, 
lover of my soul, let me to thy bosom fly," for dark 
storms of perplexities and doubts are raging and the 
foundations of many faiths and empires are crumbling. 
But the foundation of the faith of Christ will last 
for He is the cornerstone. 

May God's rich blessings abide with us and may His 
great love guide us all safe home at last. 

By Mary H. Skiles, From The Vindicator 
As I copy my mother's letter, "To The Children", 



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I 
I 



every word refreshes my memory of her and the wonder- 
ful example she set for us — her family. Her guiding 
influence will live on and on in our hearts through 
the years to cornel 

— Susan R. Coning 
Wakarusa, Indiana 



ADDICTIONS 

Today we hear much about addictions. This usually 
refers to a repeated use of a strong drug until the 
body adjusts in such a way as to need it regularly. 
These drugs at first are foreign to our human bodies, 
but after the body is really addicted, there is such 
a craving that the person will do almost anything to 
satisfy this need. In the worst addictions, the vic- 
tim tries increasingly powerful drugs, and it becomes 
a vicious circle of craving and temporary satisfaction. 
This circle often ends in the complete ruin or death 
of the body. 

The word "addicted" is used once in the King James 
version of the Bible. This is in I Corinthians 16:15, 
16: "I beseech you, brethren, (ye know the house of 
Stephanas, that it is the firstfruits of Achaia, and 
that they have addicted themselves to the ministry of 
the saints,) That ye submit yourselves unto such, and 
to every one that helpeth with us, and laboureth." 
The Greek word translated "addicted" here is defined; 
"to arrange in an orderly manner, to assign or dispose 
(to a certain position or lot.)" It is also trans- 
lated "devote, appoint, determine, ordain, set." 

Here was a household that had become so completely 
converted to the faith that they had assigned to them- 
selves and devoted themselves to the ministry of the 
saints. It doesn't say whether this meant supporting 
them with food, clothing and physical care or whether 
it was a ministry of spiritual needs. But likely it 
included both these services — whatever was needed. 

When Christians so devote themselves it can very 
well be called addiction. It is not the sort of 



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devotion the natural man would make. But as the per- 
son is dedicated in this way it becomes more and more 
important in his life and soon he cannot live any oth- 
er way. If we wonder at this, perhaps it is because 
we don't often see such devotions or addictions in our 
time- But it is still possible even in a time of such 
materialism and self-determination. 

Gonsider the tremendous hold the Gospel had on 
those who went all the way to a violent death rather 
than give up their faith in Jesus Christ. Consider 
the devotion of the Apostle Paul himself. There was 
nothing they craved more than to have Jesus in their 
hearts approving of their words and thoughts and con- 
duct. It is like the writer of Psa3ai 42 expressed; 
"As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth 
my soul after thee, God: when shall I come and ap- 
pear before God?" Jesus said, "Blessed are they which 
do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they 
shall be filled." He also said, "I am the bread of 
life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he 
that telieveth on me shall never thirst." (John 6:35) 

So we can conclude that the best answer to the 
curse of drug addiction is to develop a stronger ad- 
diction to Jesus Christ and His service. This may 
very well result in the deterioration and death of the 
old carnal man. But isn't that what we want? Death 
to sin and new life in Jesus Christ! — L.C. 



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SELF PITY 

How devastating to the mind 
Is this most dread disease. 
Self Pity takes our happiness 
And robs our rest and ease. 

We see ourselves and wish we were 
Like others, bright and fair; 
Their troubles must be less than ours; 
They know not our despair. 

Their lot in life important is, 
They have a place to fill, 
They have such great advantages, 
What joy their hearts must fill I 

Ah I Stop at once; consider well 
That God in Heaven above 
Created us and placed us here, 
And cares for us in love. 

Think we that our weak human minds, 
Our schemes could work so well? 
God's wisdom deep, unfathomed is; 
His love no tongue can tell. 

God placed us where He knew for us 
Would be the very best. 
When this we see and realize, 
We are serene and blest. 

If others T lot looks glorious, 
Would you endure their pain? 
Remember gain but follows loss, 
As sunshine follows rain. 

Then look and see how many are 

Less fortunate than we — 

Diseased, distressed, friendless, alone, 

Some crippled, deaf, can't see. 

So count your. blessings; you will find 
Soon after you've begun 



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That God has been so good to you, 
Your counting won't get done. 

And then we ! ll see that one complaint 
Is one too many, and 
Self pity will be put to flight; 
Praise will our hearts expand. 

— Miriam Sauder Lancaster, Pennsylvania 

IN HIS STEPS 

"The road is too rough," I said. 

"Dear Lord, there are stones that hurt me so." 

And He said, "Dear child, I understand, 

I walked it long ago." 

"But there's a cool, green path," I said, 
"Let me walk there for a time." 
"No, child," He gently answered me, 
"The green road does not climb." 

"My burden," I said, "Is far too great; 
How can I bear it so?" 

"My child," said He, "I remember its weight, 
I carried My cross, you know." 

Bat I said, "I wish there were friends with me 
Who would make my way their own." 
"Oh yes," He said, "Gethsemane 
Was hard to face alone." 

And so I climbed the stony path, 
Ccntent at last to know 
That where my Master had not gone, 
I would not need to go. 

And strangely then I found new friends; 
The burden grew less sore 
As I remembered... long ago 
He went that way before. 

Author unknown 
Selected by Carol Neff 



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HISTORICAL 

FURTHER PERSECUTIONS 
OF THE FOURTH CENTURY 

After the events of the tenth persecution (described 
in the last issue ) in the first decade of the fourth 
century, the Christians had a period of relief under 
the government of Constantine, the Great. Constantine 
was the son of Emperor Constantius I. He was born 
February 7, A.D. 288. He rose to power through the 
various stages of the government at that time and 
through battles with several rivals. During a decisive 
battle to take the city of Rome from Maxentius, 
Gonstantine reportedly had a vision of a flaming cross 
in the sky at noonday with the words "By this conquer. 11 
He adopted as his symbol a cross, and proceeded to con- 
quer Rome with an army inferior in numbers to that of 
Maxentius. This vision Is also said to have resulted 
in his conversion to Christianity. 

Constantine became the undisputed ruler of Rome and 
the West In 312 A.D. Shortly after that in 313 he and 
Licinius, Augustus of the East, agreed upon the Edict 
of Milan. The following is from Waddington ! s History 
of the Church: 

Edict of Mian 

"This Edict was a proclamation of universal toler- 
ation; but its advantages were of course chiefly or 
entirely reaped by the Christians, as theirs had been 
the only religion not already tolerated. It gave back 
to them the civil and religious rights of which they 
had been deprived; it restored without dispute, delay 
or expense, the places of worship which had been de- 
molished, and the lands which had been confiscated — 
and free and absolute power was granted to the 
Christians, and to all others, of following the reli- 
gion which every individual might think proper to fol- 
low. 

"Immediately afterwards, .Licinius, who was no friend 
to Christianity, overthrew the eastern Emperor Maximln, 



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who had been its savage adversary, and became master 
of the empire of the east. A war followed between the 
conqueror and Gonstantine, which terminated, in 31 5 , 
to the advantage of the latter, who on that occasion 
extended his empire to the eastern limits of Europe; 
eight years of peace succeeded, which were employed by 
the Christian Emperor in securing the real interests 
and legislating for the happiness of his subjects. 
This period of rare tranquility was succeeded by a 
second war with Licinius, which terminated in 324 by 
his submission and death, and by the consequent union 
cf the whole empire under the sceptre of Gonstantine . " 

ELEVENTH AND TWELFTH PERSECUTIONS 
( Martyr's Mirror ) 

"... Besides the ten general persecutions, which 
we have described, (there were) two others called the 
eleventh and the twelfth persecutions; of which the 
former is said to have begun, A.D. 316, under Lucinius, 
who, together with Gonstantine the Great, reigned in 
the east; and the second, A.D. 362, under Julian the 
Apostate. But since other eminent writers do not pro- 
nounce these persecutions as general ones, we shall 
give no special account of them; however, if any true 
martyrs were put to death at that time, we hope to 
mention each in his proper place. . . ..... 

"... Lucinius, who occupied the imperial throne 
in the east . . . caused to be put to death without 
mercy, various pious Christians, namely: Basileus, 
bishop of the church of Christ at Amasen, in Pontus; 
Ammon, a deacon; and about forty women, whom he had 
killed, some by fire, and some by water; as well as 
various other pious martyrs ♦ . . 

■". . ♦ The persecution which took place under 
Julian, the Apostate, did not destroy the bodies as 
much as the souls. For since he was a very crafty 
man, and had an eloquent, yet deceitful, tongue, he 
did more harm to the church of God by his flattery, 
than by tyranny. Nevertheless, several of the true 
Christians were martyred under his reign; who would 



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rather through the way of death enter life eternal, 
than through the way of temporal life, by flattery, 
fall into eternal death and damnation. . ." 

It was m this century, too, that the Arian contro- 
versy raged. The Arians were those who minimized the 
diety of Jesus Christ. The Council of Nice (in Bithyn- 
ia) in 325 A.D. was called and presided over by 
Constant ine to settle this great question. The result 
of this general council was the decision to teach that 
Jesus and the Father were co-eternal and substantially 
the same. Though the decision was against the Arians, 
they still remained strong and became persecutors of 
those who opposed them. The following paragraphs are 
from Fox T s Book of Martyr s t 

"The author of the Arian heresy was Arms, a native 
of Lybia, and a priest of Alexandria, who, in A.D. 318 
began to publish his errors. He was condemned by a 
council of Lybian and Egyptian bishops, and that sen- 
tence was confirmed by the Council of Nice, A.D* 32? ♦ 
After the death of Constantine the Great, the Arians 
found means to ingratiate themselves into the favor of 
the emperor Constantinus, his son and successor in the 
east; and hence a persecution was raised against the 
orthodox bishops and clergy. The celebrated Athanasius, 
and other bishops, were banished, and their sees filled 
with Arians. 

"In Egypt and Lybia, thirty bishops were martyred, 
and many other Christians cruelly tormented; and, A»D. 
386, George,- the Arian bishop of Alexandria, under the 
authority of the emperor, began a persecution in that 
city and its environs, and carried it on with the most 
infernal severity. He was assisted in his diabolical 
malice by Catophonius, governor of Egypt; Sebastian, 
general of the Egyptian forces; Faustinus, the treasur- 
er; and Heraclius, a Roman officer, 

"The persecutions now raged in such a manner that 
the clergy were driven from Alexandria, their churches 
were shut, and the severities practiced by the Arian 
, heretics were as great as those that had been practiced 
by the pagan idolaters,.." — L.C. 



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JOSEPH 

When Joseph's brothers threw him down 

Into the pit to die, 
They left him till some travellers came, 

From Gilead passing by. 
His brothers then sold Joseph 

A slave to those strange men, 
And Joseph sadly went along — 

What would become of him? 

Joseph was 17 years old when his brothers did that 
cruel deed. And soon Joseph, the favorite son of Jacob, 
became a slave in the far away land of Egypt. 

The Egyptians did not love the Lord God, They wor- 
shipped the sun and even some animals. But Joseph kept 
right on praying to the real God of Heaven. Perhaps he 
had decided when he was still a boy that he would always 
be faithful to the Lord — the God that his father Jacob, 
his grandfather Isaac, and his great grandfather Abraham 
had loved and obeyed. 

"Joseph was a goodly person and well-favored. M As 
he grew older in Egypt, people trusted him because he 
was so honest. But one time his master *s wicked wife 
told a lie about Joseph, and he was thrown into prison 
for two years. After explaining the meaning of the 
king's dreams, he was finally taken out, and because of 
his wisdom became next to the king, a powerful ruler. 

There was a famine in Egypt for 7 years, but Joseph 
had stored corn, so the people didn't starve. Joseph's 
brothers came to Egypt for food, and Joseph showed them 
that he still loved them. Soon his whole family was 
together and happy again. — S.K.B. 

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from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul." 1 Peter 2: 1 1 



HOLY QUIETNESS 

Joys are flowing like a river, 
Since the Comforter has come; 

He abides with us forever, 

Makes the trusting heart His home* 

Bringing life and health and gladness, 
All around this heavenly Guest, 

Banished unbelief and sadness, 
Changed our weariness to rest. 

Like the rain that falls from heaven, 
Like the sunlight from the sky, 

So the Holy Ghost is given, 
Coming on us from on high. 

What a wonderful salvation, 
Where we always see His face I 

What a perfect habitation, 
What a quiet resting place I 

Blessed quietness, holy quietness, 

What assurance in my soul; 
On the stormy sea, speaking peace to me, 

How the billows cease to rolll 

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THE COMFORTER 

"And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you 
another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ev- 
er; Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot 
receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: 
but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall 
be in you." (John 14; 16,1 7) 

In John, chapters H, 15, 16 and 17, we have the 
last words of Jesus before He was arrested. In these 
chapters we can see that the Lord was preparing His 
disciples for His departure. He gave them instruc- 
tions and words of comfort to fit them for the work 
before them. He told them over and over to love one 
another. And He told them repeatedly of the Comforter 
to come. He told them that it was expedient for them 
that He would go away so He could send the Comforter 
to them. They must have wondered, "Who is this great 
One who is coming to abide x^ith us?" 

At this Pentecost season let us meditate on the of- 
fice of this Comforter and see what the Word has to 
say about Him. 

First, He is identified as the Spirit of truth or 
the Holy Spirit. So we can be sure He will not tell 
a lie or lead us to tell lies. But He will point out 
the truth. The Holy Spirit has opposite characteris- 
tics to Satan whom Jesus calls "a liar, and the father 
of it." 

Second, He is to "abide with you for ever. " He 
will not be leaving but will stay with the people of 
God to the very end. Jesus told His disciples that 
they knew this Gomforter; "... but ye know him; for 
he dwelleth with you and shall be in you." God told 
Israel through Jeremiah (31*33) regarding His new 
covenant, ". . .1 will put my law in their inward 
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Third, He was to teach them all things "and bring 
all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said 
unto you. If It is no accident then that we have in the 
gospel accounts details told as though the writers 
were making the records as the events were happening, 
when in reality the accounts were written much later 
but the details were brought to their minds by the 
Holy Ghost. No wonder the accounts by the various 
writers harmonize so well. No wonder, too, that these 
men were able to preach the Gospel accurately and 
quote Jesus 1 words even before the records were writ- 
ten. Today we have commentaries, concordances, var- 
ious translations and helps that we might understand" 
the shades of meaning written in the Word. By the 
power of the Spirit the first Christians were able to 
preach the Word accurately before they had any of 
these records and writings. The martyrs on trial gave 
accurate testimonies which their accusers could not 
match. This Comforter was to testify of Jesus and we 
find Him doing this very thing through God's servants 
even down to our present time. 

Fourth, the Holy Ghost was to come as a reprover of 
the world. "And when he is come, he will reprove the 
world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment." 
(John 16:8) The word translated "reprove" here also 
means "convince" or "convict". It was used in the 
courts to describe the convicting or reproving of the 
offenders. The account continues (John 16:9): "Of 
sin, because they believe not on me." It is a sin to 
not believe on Jesus. Jesus said (John 3:18), "He 
that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that 
believe th not is condemned already, because he hath 
not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of 
God." Jesus prayed in John 17:21, "That they all may 
be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, 
that they also may be one in us: that the world may 
believe that thou hast sent me. 11 So one concern of 
the Holy Spirit in the world is that men might believe, 
and He will convict and reprove those who do not. 
Many in the world today are obviously convinced that 
sin is wrong. But the failure lies in the unwilling- 



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ness of the heart to repent and ask God's forgiveness 
and change the course. 

He also was to reprove the world "Of righteousness, 
because I go to my Father, and ye see me no more." 
While Jesus was in the world He was the standard of 
righteousness. We see Him proclaiming this standard 
in the Sermon on the Mount and throughout His ministry 
as He taught the obedience and belief in the heart, 
the virtue of the prayer in the closet, the secret 
alms, and the concealed fasting. We see Him upholding 
righteousness when He drove the mercenary money chang- 
ers from the temple and denounced the Pharisees as the 
hypocrites they were. But now Jesus was to leave and 
they would see Him no more. The Holy Ghost was to 
take His place as reprover of the world in the field 
of righteousness. One of our hymns says: 

And His that gentle voice we hear, 

Soft as the breath of even, 
That checks each fault, that calms each fear, 

And whispers us of Heaven. 

Isaiah (30:21) told Israel of the time to come when 
God would have mercy on them, and it seems prophetic 
of this Holy Spirit influence. "And thine ears shall 
hear a word behind thee, saying, This is the way, walk 
ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye 
turn to the left. 11 

The Hol^ Spirit was also to reprove the world "Of 
judgment, because the prince of this world is judged." 
Peter, by the Spirit, executed swift judgment upon the 
deceivers Annanias and Sapphira. (See Acts 5:1-11 ) We 
see the Spirit working through Paul also (Acts 2^:25): 
"And as he reasoned of righteousness, temperance, and 
judgment to come , Felix trembled ..." The prince of 
this world, Satan, is judged already and so will all 
those be judged who allow themselves to be deceived 
by Satan T s devices. 

It is well for us to search the Scriptures and the. 
subsequent history of the church and see how the Holy 
Spirit has filled the office as Jesus described it. 
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assembled in one accord on the day of Pentecost, He. 
came to stay and wofk in the church. He came t'o- re- 
prove and convict .the world. Where do we stand today? 
Do we hear and heed the voice of this Gomforter? Is " 
He in our hearts to, guide us into all truth? Or. do we 
Just read about His influence on others? A tree is 
known by its fruits. And "the fruit of the Spirit is. 
love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, 
faith, meekness, temperance: against such there "is no 
law. And they that are Christ's have crucified the 
flesh with the . affections and lusts. If we live in 
the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit," (Galatians 
5:22-25) --L.C. : 



And every virtue we possess, 
And every virtue won, 

And every thought of holiness 
Are His and His alone. 



MORE THOUGHTS ON GRACE 



There is a deceptive doctrine in this present evil- 
world sometimes called "once in grace, always in 
grace." Satan was once an angel in Heaven, but when 
he exalted himself against God, he was separated from 
God. Then Satan told Eve in the garden (after God had 
told them not to eat of the fruit of the knowledge of 
good and evil, lest ye die) that they would not die, 
but their eyes would be open to know good and evil* 
Now, how much different is this deceptive doctrine 
than that which Satan told Eve? 

Paul's letter to the Hebrews in chapter 6, verse 4, 
5, and 6 says: "For it is impossible for those who r 
were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly 
gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost, And ." 
have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of 
the world to come, If they shall fall away * to renew 
them again unto repentance j seeing they crucify to 
themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an 
open shame." Notice in verse 6, "... If they shall 



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fall away ," and again in verse 1+ ». • . and were made 
partakers of the Holy Ghost, etc." The Bible tells 
us, "For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die; 
but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of 
the body, ye shall live." (Romans 8:13) "Know ye not, 
that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his 
servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto 
death, or of obedience unto righteousness?" (Romans 
6:16) "Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth 
take heed lest he fall." (I Corinthians 10:12) "For 
if God spared not the natural branches, take heed lest 
he also spare not thee. Behold therefore the goodness 
and severity of God: on them which fell, severity; 
but toward thee, goodness, if thou continue in his 
goodness; otherwise thou also shalt be cut off." 
(Romans 11:21,22) "For the grace of God that bringeth 
salvation hath appeared to all men, Teaching us that, 
denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live 
soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present 
world." (Titus 2:11,12) "Looking diligently lest any 
man fail of the grace of God; lest there be any root 
of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby 
many be defiled." (Hebrews 12:15) 

If we abide in the vine and bear fruit, then are we 
His disciples. If not, we wither and are cast into 
the fire. (See John 15) "For if we sin wilfully after 
that we have received the knowledge of the truth, 
there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins." (Hebrews 
10:26) "Let us therefore fear, lest, a promise being 
left us of entering into his rest, any of you should 
seem to come short of it." (Hebrews 4:1) 

"Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling 
and to present you faultless before the presence of 
his glory with exceeding joy, To the only wise God our 
Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, 
both now and ever. Amen." (jude 24,25) 



In Christian love, 
Kenneth Garber 
Hughson, California 



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ARE WE CONTINUALLY THANKING GOD 
FOR OUR BLESSINGS? 

I am made to think a lot about the scriptures on 
thankfulness: Ephesians 5:20; "Giving thanks always 
for all things unto God and the Father in the name of 
our Lord Jesus Ghrist." Hebrews 13:15: "By him 
therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God 
continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving 
thanks to his name," Golossians 2:7: "Rooted and 
built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as we 
have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving." 
Golossians 4:2: "Gontinue in prayer, and watch in the 
same with thanksgiving." I Thessalonians 5:18: "In 
everything give thanks: for this is the will of God 
in Christ Jesus concerning you." 

We have the above scriptures and no doubt many more 
about being thankful and in everything giving thanks. 
It doesn't say just in the good things but in every- 
thing. 

Do we complain when things don't go as we think 
they ought to? There is no place in the Bible that 
tells us we can complain. And many times if things 
don't go as we think they ought to, in the end they 
are blessings in disguise. God knows what is best for 
us and can see the future better than we can see the 
past, so may we put our lives in His hands and give 
Him thanks for all things. 

I find we can compare our lives with the children 
of Israel many times. Do we provoke God to anger with 
our continual complaining as they did? They prayed to 
God for deliverance from the hard bondage they were 
enduring in Egypt so God delivered them and brought 
them out of Egypt with a mighty hand, and they soon 
forgot about the hard bondage but just remembered the 
eating bread to the full. Do we thank God for deliv- 
ering us from the bondage of sin? They complained 
about not having enough water or enough food, and God 

fave them water; He gave them manna, but they soon got 
ired of just eating manna and asked for meat. Would 



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ve complain if we just had one kind of food to eat or 
would we give God thanks for the one kind of food? 
He gave them meat when they asked for it, but soon 
they were complaining about something else* Let us 
read the life of the children of Israel and learn by 
their mistakes, and let us give God praise and thank 
Him for all things. 

How would we feel as parents if our children never 
acted like they appreciated anything we did for them 
or gave them, but only complained continually? It 
would grieve us and we probably wouldn*t be so anxious 
to keep blessing them. We can see how God would feel 
as our Father (and He knows what we need and is best 
for us ) if we continually complain about everything 
He gives us or for the many blessings He showers upon 
us. 

A few months ago we heard a sermon in which the 
preacher mentioned how much God loved David. And it 
wasn't because he didn't make mistakes as he made some 
pretty big ones and had to be punished for them, but 
he thought it was because David was always thanking 
the Lord and praising His holy name. 

It can make a difference in our lives if we always 
look on the bright side of things and count our bless- 
ings. May our hearts and minds be continually prais- 
ing and thanking God for His goodness and love to us 
and for our many blessings which He continually show- 
ers down upon us. 

— Violet Flora 
Goias , Brazil 



WHAT IS LOVE? 

It's silence when your words would hurt; 
It's patience when your neighbor's curt; 
It's deafness when the scandal flows; 
It's thought fulness of another's woes; 
It's promptness when stern duty calls; 
It's courage when misfortune "falls. 

— Selected 



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OBITUARIES 

ANNA CATHERINE RENICKER, daughter of Samuel and Matilda 
(Smith) Wagoner, was born near Saratoga, Wyoming, on 
March 10, 1897. The family moved to Camden, Indiana in 
1900; then in 1918, they moved to Ripon, California. 

On November 1, 1925, she was baptized into the Old 
German Baptist Church, to which she remained faithful. 

On February 21, 1933* she was united in marriage with 
Leandrew Remcker. To this union were born one son and 
one daughter. 

Mother 1 s life was centered around children. She 
cared for many infants until they could be placed for 
adoption, giving each one her love and a start in life. 
She often times gave up an infant with tears in her eyes, 
but always accepted another with a smile — caring for 
each as though it was her own. She did this work until 
1970, at which time she moved to MiWuk in the mountains 
where she resided until her passing. 

On September 20, 1976, she was admitted to the hos- 
pital for surgery. She asked for the anointing at this 
time, which gave her much comfort; She was recovering 
from the surgery at home with her family when she suf- 
fered a stroke on October 18 which left her unable to 
talk; but she communicated her love and interest in 
those about her in many ways. 

During her illness, nurses and friends came to her ■ 
bedside for even a moment just to see if Mother was 
awake, and asked for her smile which she so readily gave. 
Her patient and sweet disposition were an inspiration "to 
all and will be long remembered by all who knew and 
cared for her. 

Mother peacefully departed from this life on May 4> 
1978 in Tuolumne General Hospital, Sonora, California 
at the age of 81 years, 1 month, and 24 days. 

Preceding her in death were her companion on July 12, 
1957> one step-son, Eldo Remcker, one brother, .Monroe, 
and two sisters, Elma Wagoner and Orpha Overlin. . * 

She is survived by her son, Virgil, and her daughter, 
Leona Miller, 5 grandchildren, 7 step-grandchildren, 2 
step-daughters; Martha Garwood and Blanche Dunlap, 5 



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sisters: Hannah Moon, Luna Hankins, Iva Bauman, Dora 
Vrieling,and Eva Forsyth, and numerous other relatives 
and friends. 

Our loved one is gone from us, but we feel certain our 
our loss is her eternal gain. We have many fond memo- 
ries, and these are a precious gift from God that death 
cannot destroy. 

Funeral services were held May 7 in the West Modesto 

church, with Howard Oyler officiating, assisted by Norman 

Boyd, Curtis Selby and Leslie Cover. Interment was made 

in Wood Colony Cemetery. 

—The Family 

ORPHA ELIZA WAGNER, daughter of Solomon Elias and Mary 
Susanna (Maffit) Price, was born September 18, 1902 near 
Carson City, Michigan, She, with her family, moved to 
Salida, California in October, 1909. 

She followed her Lord in baptism on August 19, 1917, 
and was a faithful member of the Old Brethren Church 
until her death. 

On November 16, 1925, she was united in marriage to 
Clay Elvaton Wagner. To this union were born four sons: 
Daniel Solomon Wagner and Eugene Bradford Wagner, both 
of Bradford, Ohio, Joseph Ernest Wagner and Alvin Clay 
Wagner, both of Modesto, California. 

Clay and Orpha were called to the office of deacon 
in 1934 and served faithfully until death. She was pre- 
ceded in death by her husband on June 12, 1970. Also 
preceding her in death were two brothers, Arvine and 
Joseph Price, two sisters, Mary Price and an infant 
sister, and one grandson. 

Mother had been in weakening health for several years, 
and suffered a severe stroke on June 6, and lapsed into 
a coma which continued until she departed this life on 
June 10, 1978 at Memorial Hospital, Modesto, at the age 
of 75 years, 8 months and 22 days. 

She leaves to mourn her departure her four sons, two 
sisters, Celesta 0. Price and Esther Gish, both of Mo- 
desto, and 12 grandchildren. 

Orpha lived a full and busy life, always concerned 
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family. Our loss is her eternal gain] absent from the 
body, but present with the Lord. 

Funeral services were held June 14, 1978 at the 
Salida Old Brethren Church by Joseph and Leslie Cover. 
Burial followed in Wood Colony Cemetery. 

— The Family 

BAPTISMS 

Once more we were made to rejoice with Heaven when 
Ronnie Cable requested Christian baptism which was 
administered April l6„ 

We were made to rejoice once more when another 
precious soul, Allen Bowser, requested Christian 
baptism which was administered on Friday, May 12. 

— Elmer Brovont 



ADOPTION 

ERNST - Judith Amanda, born June 11, 1972 was adopted 
by Albert and Carol Ernst of Nappanee, Indiana on 
June 2, 1978. 

ADDRESS CHANGE 
Weltha Cover (Mrs. Joseph I.) C/0 Leslie Cover 

19201 Cherokee Rd. 
Tuolumne, Calif. 95379 
(209) 928-4664 



CARD OF THANKS 

Dear Brethren and Sisters in the Lord, 

We want to express our sincere thanks for the kind- 
ness and love you have shown during the time Janice was 
in the hospital, and the help that was given for the 
expense. We appreciate it all so much. May the Lord 
bless each one of you. 

— Rex and Janice Royer 



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HISTORICAL 
CHRIS HAN PERSECUTION OF THE DARK AGES . 

After the fourth century and the time of Constantine, 
physical persecution of Christians was not so general 
for several centuries. However, each century saw it 
in some form and some places j in some areas it was 
extreme and compared to the former Roman severities. 

Errors and heresies crept into the church and the 
Christians became divided . The various factions com- 
peted, and some were guilty of persecuting those of 
the true faith. 

The period called the Dark Ages or Middle Ages 
began when the Roman Empire fell, and the great Roman 
church gradually assumed power, suppressing truth and 
gaining absolute sway over the people of Western 
Europe. World Bfook E ncyclopedia reports: "The line 
between ancient history and the Middle Ages is general- 
ly drawn somewhere in the 400' s, and is marked by the 
fall of the Roman Empire. Some scholars set the begin- 
ning of the Middle Ages at 476, the year a barbarian 
chieftain deposed the last Roman emperor in the west, 
a youth named Romulus Augustulus. . ." "...Civilization 
almost completely disappeared in much of western Europe 
during this period. Only a few places, such as monas- 
teries, preserved Latin learning. Greek learning al- 
most disappeared. Few persons received any schooling... 
People completely forgot many of the arts and crafts 
of the ancient world." Truly, darkness descended on 
much of the world as ignorance prevailed and only a 
few could even read the Word of God. Those who dared 
to stand for the truth against the increasingly power- 
ful Roman church suffered for it. 

In writing the history of the persecutions of these 
times, Thielman van Braght, writer of Martyr's Mirror , 
makes great effort to distinguish and identify the 
martyrs of the true faith from those who were in error. 
Some historians list those who defended themselves and 
fought their persecutors. Van Braght calls the martyrs 



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of hxs record the "defenseless Christians ." He also ; ■ 
insists that one of the tests of the true faith is the 
practice of baptizing only those capable of choosing 
and confessing faith and not that of baptizing infants. 
This was an important issue even before the time of the 
Anabaptists of the 16th century. As early as 413 A.D. 
an edict was made by Snperors Theodosius and Honorius 
against those who would baptize one who had been bap- 
tized before. It reads: 

"If any minister of the Christian church is 
found guilty of having re baptized any one, he, 
together with the person thus rebaptized, pro- 
vided the latter is proved to be of such an 
age as to understand the crime, shall be put 
to death." 

This edict was later used against the Anabaptists in 
their persecution which began about 1524* 

Throughout these centuries from the fifth to the 
fifteenth the persecutions against the Church were more 
than just physical* Perhaps one of the worst was the 
way the Word of God was kept from the common people. 
The Apostle Paul writes (II Timothy 3:12), "Yea, and 
all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer 
persecution." We are in persecution today. There is 
no easy road that conveys the Christian through a hos- 
tile world of sorrow, sin and lust. Satan has great 
wrath against anyone who declares for the L rd. It- is 
a war — a desparate war to the death. If we understand 
correctly the histories and the conditions of today, 
we see more actual casualties, more lost personal bat- 
tles, more giving in under the spiritual persecutions 
in a life of ease than ever were under intense physical 
suffering of a devoted Church. May we see the issues 
and look to the Lord for strength. 

The following account is from Martyr's Mirror con- 
cerning some persecutions of the eighth century: 

"It is stated that A.D. 739, in the 23rd year of Lee 

Isaurus, the Mohammedan Prince Elvelid caused all the 

imprisoned Christians in every city to be put to ; death, 

on account of the Christian religion. Among them is 



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mentioned one Eutichius, who was carried away to Karras, 
in Mesopotamia, and, at the time when said slaughter 
and martyrization of all imprisoned Christian believers 
occured, offered up, because of the same faith and tes- 
timony, for his Saviour Jesus. 

"Note. — Of said Eutichius we find no further account, 
touching the confession of his faith, save that, when 
the other martyrs were put to death, he, too, was of- 
f erred up for Christ; which must also be understood of 
various others. . . • 

"We will say nothing of Peter, Bishop of the church 
of Damascus, Peter Mavi menus, and others, who, at this 
time, were also put to death in the East, particularly 
at Damascus, for the. testimony of the Lord Jesus, about 
the year 742; since the ancient writers have left us no 
definite information respecting their particular con- 
fession of faith, only a general statement, namely, 
that they suffered for Christ, and for the Christian 
or evangelical truth. 

"Hence it has come, that some who boast of Christ 
and His holy Gospel with their mouths, yet, by their 
singular expositions, yea, by their deeds and works, 
are very far therefrom, have nevertheless not hesitated, 
to claim as of their number, and produce as witnesses 
for their strange, and, in many respects, unchristian 
and unevangelical confessions persons of whom we main- 
tain, because of certain circumstances mentioned by 
ancient writers, that they believed and lived in per- 
fect accordance with the true tenor of the holy Gospel, 
and, as a seal of this, testified to this with their 
blood and steadfast death. 

"Oh, how greatly it is to be lamented that the an- 
cients have not left us more definite and clear infor- 
mation with regard to this I We feel confident, that 
it would still refresh many a well-meaning heart, and 
serve to confirm their faith, if they should see that 
in those early, and not less turbulent times, many of 
their fellow brethren and sisters had such love for 
Christ, their beloved 'blood-bridegroom 1 , and for His 
heavenly doctrine (which they confess with them), that 
they did not hesitate, the one in the fire, another in 



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the water, some under the teeth and claws of wild 
beasts , others under the sword, the deadly halter , or 
otherwise, to bear testimony to it... 

"We will here leave this, and proceed from the East, 
of which we have hitherto spoken, to the West, where 
now we think we can find clearer information concerning 
several special points of the faith, namely, of such 
persons as did not suffer under the heathen, Mohammedans, 
Saracens, or the like, bat under the pope of Rome, or 
the Roman church, where it was customary to condemn 
people on some particular articles of worship. But 
before we proceed to the martyrs who were punished as 
criminals and with death, we deem it well, by way of 
introduction to, and preparation for, this matter, to 
show first, how this, as by steps, took its rise; name- 
ly, how first a few persons, whom we shall. name, about 
this time, opposed a certain papal Legate, with words 
and censures, for introducing certain superstitions; 
and what occurred to ther. , on account, from the pope. 

"A certain Boniface, Archbishop of Mayence, having 
been sent out, as an apostle, ambassador and legate, 
by Pope Zacharias I, to convert the heathen to the 
Roman see (as it was called), and to inoculate to those 
who already belonged to it, the Roman ceremonies and 
superstitions, and cause them to observe the same, many 
bishops, overseers, or teachers, in Germany, Bavaria, 
and France, opposed it with spiritual weapons, namely, 
with reproofs from the Word of God, refusing to obey 
in this respect, either the pope or his legate. 

M Among those who thus refused, there are mentioned 
by name, Derthuin, Bertherius, Anobert, and Hunored. 
These men were accused to the pope, and charged not 
only with said matter, but, from envy, also with being 
avaricious, proud and desirous of filthy lucre. There- 
upon they were all deposed from their ministry, by 
authority of the pope and his legate; but how it ended 
with them, is not stated, though it is to be presumed - 
that some kind of ecclesiastical exclusion, anathemati- 
zation or excommunication followed; however, since this 
is passed by in silence, we can conclude nothing cer- 
tain concerning it.. J* — L.C. 



16 CHIIDREN'S PAGE 

MOSES 

Far from Egypt's pagan people, 
Far from Pharaoh's cruel hand — 

Away from all their selfish -masters— 
On toward the Promised Landl 

Onward, forward, Moses led them, 

Moses, humble, Moses strong; 
Trusting God, he served Him truly, 

Though the way was hard and- long . 

Even when his people murmured, 
When they scorned a,nd hated him, 

Moses turned to God in prayer, 
Begging Him to pardon them. 

Although Moses lived about 1500 years before Christ, 
he was in many ways like Jesus. Jesus left the glory 
of Heaven to live among sinful men, and Moses left the 
palace of the king of Egypt to be with his own people 
who were common slaves. Moses was also like Jesus in 
that he was full of faith in God. By God's power Moses 
worked more miracles than any other man except Jesus. 
In Egypt he caused ten terrible plagues to torment the 
people so they would let God's people leave. And later 
he did more wonderful miracles out in the wilderness. 

Moses was not allowed to enter the promised land of 
Canaan because he had disobeyed God once when fie was 
angry at the people. ~ But 'someday we hope to see Moses 
and Jesus and all of God's holy people in the Promised 
Land above. ( Next ggnth: a quiz .) — S.K.B. 

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from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul." 1 Peter 2: 1 1 



THIS I KNOW 

"The Lord knoweth them that are his." 
II Timothy 2:19 

I do not know what next may come 

Across my pilgrim way, 
I do not know tomorrow 1 s road 

Nor see beyond today. 
BUT THIS I KNOW— my Saviour knows 

The path I cannot see, 
And I can trust His wounded hand 

To guide and care for me, 

I do not know what may befall 

Of sunshine or of rain. 
I do not know what may be mine 

Of pleasure or of pain. 
BUT THIS I KNOW — my Saviour knows, 

And whatsoe'er it be, 
Still I can trust His love to give 

What will be best for me. 

I do not know what still awaits 

Or what the morrow brings, 
But with the glad salute of faith 

I hail its opening wings 1 
FOR THIS I KNOW— that in my Lord 

Shall all my needs be met, 
And I can trust the heart of Him 

Who has not failed me yet. 

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TROUBLE OR PEACE 

It is truly amazing the amount of trouble the ad- 
versary can cause in a group of people professing to 
serve the Lord and bear the name of Christian. Some- 
times it seems that he concentrates his efforts there. 
Few groups are exempt — perhaps none. His purpose is 
to destroy the peace in whatever way is at hand. He 
is most unscrupulous; no methods are left untried. 

It is even more amazing that this adversary can 
destroy peace successfully when our Saviour tells us 
the simple solution which is love — His love shed abroad 
in our hearts and passed from one to another. 

In the last two weeks I have heard of three such 
groups that were torn by strife causing heartache, dis- 
couragement, and loss. One man gave this as the reason 
he and his wife stopped attending the services of their 
church. Another mentioned this as the reason for 
seeking another place of worship. These strifes come 
almost entirely among responsible adults because these 
are the ones determining policies and courses. But 
everyone suffers — expecially young people and children. 

Is there no hope that strife will end? In this 
world likely there will always be trouble. Jesus said: 
"These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye 
might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribula- 
tion: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world." 
(John 16:33) This is a message of cheer and victory. 
If it had been spoken by an ordinary man we could won- 
der. But coming from the mouth of the Saviour to Whom 
all power is given we can have firm hope that it will 
be this way If we commit our way to Him. 

We can be thankful for the peace we have and we know 
it is only possible in the Lord. Jesus said also: 
"Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you. . . " 
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mockings, unbelief and disappointment. And we can 
have it, too. This is the deep peace in the heart 
that "the world can neither give nor take." 

There can also be lasting peace among a group of 
Christians if we are willing to let the Lord have His 
way in each of us. But it does mean giving up our own 
will. One person can make his own decisions if he 
lives alone. If he lives in a family, he must decide 
for the overall good of the family and this means he 
won't always have his own way. If he is in a group 
of Jesus 1 followers then the decisions must be made 
with the interests of the Ghurch first. It is no 
place for selfishness. 

One of the men telling me of strife said "I know we 
are supposed to forgive and forget, but ..." Anoth- 
er said, "We just decided we had had enough." If we 
want peace, there just must not be such attitudes. 
I Peter 5:5 says "Likewise, ye younger, submit your- 
selves unto the elder. lea, all of you be subject 
one to another, and be clothed with humility; for God 
resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble." 
James writes (5:16): "Gonfess your faults one to 
another, and pray for one another, that ye may be 
healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous 
man availeth much." 

How good it is to have peace! How much we benefit! 
When Christian adults can work together as a body of 
believers in harmony and love it is a positive proof 
that God is there. The world doesn't have this peace. 
But we can have it and may we always prize it and be 
willing to labour for it. 

There can be no concord between Christ and Belial; 
no fellowship of righteousness with unrighteousness 
or light with darkness. But between believers there 
can and should be harmony and peace, "...As God hath 
said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I 
will be their God, and they shall be my people." -L.C. 
The world can neither give nor take, 

Nor can they comprehend, 
The peace of God, 'which Christ has bought 
The peace which knows no end. 



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SO TEACH US TO NUMBER OUR DAIS 
THAT WE MY APPLY OUR HEARTS UNTO WISDOM 

What a deep meaning is conveyed to us in so few 
words. Webster's dictionary tells us that WISDOM "is 
knowledge and a capacity to make right use of it." 
Solomon says, "Wisdom is the principal thing. . ." 
(Proverbs 4*7) In Job 28:28 we read "Behold, the fear 
of the Lord, that is wisdom. . ." Do we not all have 
a sincere desire for a greater measure of wisdom? 

We are all eternity-bound creatures. We have no 
abiding city here, but we seek one to come, host of 
us have seen some of our loved ones laid to rest. Each 
one reminds us that we too, sooner or later, will go 
the same way. Thus far the Lord has seen fit to ex- 
tend our health and strength still longer. We know not 
the day nor the hour when our turn will come, but of 
more significance it is to be ready when our call does 
come. Our daily prayers are that His prolonging of 
our lives may not be in vain, but that it may be to His 
honour and glory. 

It should not concern us so much what we get out of 
this life as what we put into it. We are given stew- 
ardship of our time and earthly possessions, but will 
also be held accountable for our stewardship. Someone 
has said that a productive life is a life of sacrifice 
and discipline. Our ambitions should be to lay up 
treasures in Heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth 
corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor 
steal. (Matthew 6:20) 

Our life is indeed an uneven journey and is like a 
vapour that appeareth for a little while, then vanish- 
eth away. Can we comprehend it? Recently I had occa- 
sion to do extensive work in the records of a local 
cemetery where many of my friends and relatives were 
laid to rest, and it reminded me very impressively 
that our stay in this troubled world is but short. 
Many of us had good, exemplary Christian parents who 
have now gone to their reward, reminding us again and 

again how needful that we number our days that we may 
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Our wasting lives grow shorter still 

As months and days increase; 
And ev f ry beating pulse we tell, 

Leaves but the number less. 

The year rolls .round, and steals away 
The breath that first it gave;- 

Whate'er we do, whate'er we be, 
Me 1 re travelling to the grave. 

— Amos Baker 
Maple, Ontario 



WHAT IS MATURITY? 

PLEASE TELL! 

The young man asked the questions earnestly as he 
leaned forward in the rocking chair* His wide shoul- 
ders slumped in discouragement, and when he spoke there 
was a note of impatience in his voice* 

"What is maturity anyway?" he asked. Before there 
was time for an answer, he asked again, "What is matu- 
rity? I wish someone would tell me that." 

The young man was eighteen. As the conversation 
continued, I gathered that he felt himself as mature 
or more mature than other persons much older than he 
-was and therefore he should be allowed the same .priv- 
ileges and opportunities those people had- "He was con- 
fident that, if given a chance, he could, maybe prove 
himself a man. 

He did have a point. Maturity is not always measur- 
able by age, for many adults are childish and immature. 
But I think he was also partly wrong. Maturity does 
not come to the child. True, at eighteen he was no 
longer a child, but neither was he an emotionally ma- 
ture adult. The fact that he needed to prove to him- 
self and to others that he was a man indicated that he 
was less mature than he thought. 

The question that he asked is a good question. What 
is maturity anyway? We hear a lot of talk about it 



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nowadays, like "he's certainly mature for his age," or 
"I have confidence in John. He's a mature Christian." 
Or, "When will Joe ever grow up? He's 26 but he is so 
immature . " 

A writer once claimed, "The trouble with our church- 
es is that we have too many babies between five and six 
feet tall." 

That was a rather pointed way of saying there are 
many immature people — people who mature physically but 
never grow up in their emotions or in their spiritual 
life. 

In simple words, not to be mature is to behave like 
a child. Yet this definition is not really fair to 
children I Children have many traits that adults should 
copy. Remember? "Except ye become as little children, 
ye cannot enter the kingdom of God." We must make a 
difference between being childlike and being childish . 
One wears well with maturity. The other is immaturity. 

1 . Maturity is thinking; of others . Maturity is 
the opposite of selfishness. It is living the Golden 
Rule. A wise man has said "Maturity begins to grow 
when you can sense your concern for others outweighing 
your concern for yourself. " 

Selfish people are immature. Immature people are 
often selfish. The mature person feels the joys and 
sorrows of his companions. If his friend suffers, he 
too suffers. His heart feels compassion. 

2. Maturi t y is humility . The really mature person 
knows himself and realizes his shortcomings. He knows 
that he has nothing to boast of —he is what he is only 
by the grace of God. He is big enough to accept ad- 
vice, even from those who supposedly know less than he 
does. He does not resent coming under authority. 

Strangely, some people think the way to show their 
manhood and womanhood is to prove their independence — 
that they can stand on their own feet and no one need 
help them. This unwillingness to accept advice from 
others is a sure mark of immaturity. 

The braggart and the boaster are not mature, for 
the mature person is humble. He is able to say, "I 
was wrong." He is also willing to say, "I am sorry." 



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3. Maturity is stability * The mature person can 
be depended upon; he is steady day after day and does 
not leave projects half finished. He does not act on 
impulse , but takes time to sleep over a serious mattei} 
and to pray about it. 

School boys will get all excited about making a 
leaf house. But several days later the fun has worn 
off, and their interests suddenly turn to flying kites. 
The leaf house stands neglected, only half done. That 
is the process of growing up and it is all right for 
school boys. It is a trait that should be cast off 
with childhood. 

Immature grownups change their minds too frequent- 
ly and always have a reason. The immature have an ex- 
cuse for everything. 

4. Maturity is not blaming others . One of the 
common indications of immaturity is to blame others 
for our troubles. The church, the ministers, the 
parents, the teachers — they are the ones to blame. 
They didn't treat me fairly or they didn't bring me 
up right. It's not my fault. 

Other immature persons try to pick-pick everyone ' 
else down to their own size. If someone has rebuked 
them, they at once see a fault in him (and who doesn't 
have faults?), and this makes them feel better. 

The mature person knows that blowing out someone 
else's light doesn't make his own light shine brighter . 

5- Maturity is to not be gullible . The immature 
believe everything they hear, whether it's a nasty 
rumor, a sewing salesman talking, or someone preaching 
false doctrine. They bend to and fro with every wind 
that comes along — easily talked into something and just 
as easily talked out. 

Mature people want time to ponder and pray about 
things. They ask the advice of brethren, they read 
the Bible, they think—and then they are in a position 
to decide. They do not have closed minds, but the en- 
trances are guarded. 

6. Maturity is to be frank and open . Mature people 
try to be honest with themselves and with others. 



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This is not always easy, but it's the simplest in the 
long run. 

It is immaturity that tries to evade an issue; that 
refuses to answer a sincere question, that becomes 
angry when "cornered"; that tries to hide the truth. 

The mature person is approachable on any subject. 
If he prefers not to discuss something because of per- 
sonal reasons, or because he fears it may harm some- 
one else, he says so and explains why. If he does not 
know the answer to a question, he is not too proud to 
say, "Really I don't know." 

Mature people who know each other well speak frank- 
ly to each other about their failures. Likewise ? if 
they see a brother at fault, they speak frankly to 
him, too, but with kindness and love. 

7* Maturity is to face life as it is . Some things 
in life cannot be changed. It's a mark of maturity 
to accept the things that cannot be altered and to 
make the best of circumstances. A girl is not born 
a boy, and no amount of pouting will change her into 
one, no matter how badly she may want to be a boy. 

But there are things in life that can be changed. 
A young man inherited a strong temper from his grand- 
father. One day when he was almost beside himself 
his father called him aside and said gently, "Son, 
this is something you can overcome with the help of 
God. You will have to work for it. Do you want to 
be like your grandfather?" The man is now himself a 
grandfather, and he is glad that by the grace of God 
he has been able to set a better example for his 
grandchildren than his grandfather set for him. 

8. Maturity gives no place to self-pity . The ma- 
ture Christian knows that self-pity is the venom of 
Satan; to be prayed about and striven against with all 
might. 

When I was a boy I got a good bit of satisfaction 
from being hurt, because of the attention that was ac- 
corded my bandages. This, of course, wasn't self-pity, 
but it was a blood brother to it. During the summer 



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time there was rarely a week that I didn't walk with 
a limp from having stepped on a nail or that I didn't 
have a finger wrapped up with adhesive tape. 

At fifteen I got more than I bargained for. A 
serious accident put me in the hospital for a week and 
left scars that will stay with me my lifetime. The 
summer following the accident was a period of crisis 
in my life, for when people forgot my injury and I no 
longer received the attention I craved, I began to 
pity myself. 

I particularly remember one summer when I hid in 
the hayloft, brooding and rebellious. Mom called for 
dinner but I didn't answer. Surely the family would 
soon come looking for me and worry about my disappear- 
ance. Let them worry, it would do no good. 

At last Dad came walking toward the barn. I 
watched as he strode briskly up the barn hill. He 
didn't seem too worried yet. He opened the door and 
though he could not see me, he called my name. I 
didn't answer but somehow he knew I was there. ,r Gome 
on in now," he said, not unkindly, "Dinner is ready, 
lou have to quit pitying yourself. That's no good for 
you. « 

I was amazed. How had Dad known I was swimming in 
self-pity? Right there I think I grew up a little, 
though it was bitter to eat my self-pity. 

Since then I have seen grown men break down and cry 
because they thought everyone was against them and 
they were being misused. I felt sorry for them, for 
I went through the same thing that day in the hayloft. 
I felt sorry for them not because they were being 
misused but because they were unable to recognize 
self-pity for the monster it really is. 

9. Maturity is being patient . Children are impa- 
tient. Next week seems like next year to them. They 
want their pleasure now. As they grow older, they 
learn that some things can't be had in a day. 

Maturity is the capacity to wait. It's saving 
money for a farm or a home instead of spending it for 
fine clothes and nicknacks and teen-age playthings — 



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objects that bring only passing pleasure and in the 
long run are a questionable use of money. 

Maturity is living a day at a time as it should be 
lived, yet realizing that God has long-range plans for 
His children, some of which require preparation and a 
waiting period. 

10. The mature person seeks to know himself . He 
does not live in a dream world of fancy and perfection. 
He realizes he is not perfect. He realizes that in 
him still lives the root of Adam's nature, always 
ready to sprout into sin. He realizes this fleshly 
nature can be overcome and ruled only by the Spirit of 
God. 

Indeed the mature person does not picture himself 
as a glittering saint, untouchable by sin — yet at the 
same time he must nourish a healthy respect of himself 
as trying to do what is right. This image of himself 
is preserved only if he consistently lives his convic- 
tions and does what he knows is right. 

The mature person does not look down upon the im- 
mature, whether they are fifteen or fifty. He knows 
his own struggles; he can sympathize with them. He 
realizes the immature need help to understand them- 
selves and to truly grow up in every way — in their at- 
titudes, their behavior, and in all the Christian 
graces.' 

We have now discussed the ten areas in which mature 
people react differently from immature persons. What 
is maturity? It's a hard question with no easy answer. 
For in real life things aren't always simple. No per- 
son is completely mature and immature traits he may 
have in one area are often offset by a strong maturity 
in other ways. All of us at times do things that ap- 
pear immature to others (and later often appear that 
way to us). " " 

No, none of us has any right to boast. As long as 
we are growing we haven't reached full maturity. If 
we start priding ourselves as being mature, might 
there not be cause to wonder? 

Selected by Carol E. Neff (Jan, 1978 Young Companion ) 



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have agreed, the Lord willing , to hold our fall Love- 
feast on October 14 & 15 • A hearty invitation and 
welcome is extended to all of our members and friends 

to attend. 
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MARRIAGE 

BOONE — CARDIN - Stephen Boone and Neva Cardin were 
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BIRTH 

MILLER - A daughter, Amy Elizabeth, born July 6 to 
Fred and Erma Miller of Sonora, California. 



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23038 Twain Harte Dr. 
Sonora, Calif. 95370 
(209) 586-5950 

SWEET GALILEE 

I see the Saviour in a boat 
Upon the gentle waves afloat , 
And many people standing near 
The message of the Lord to hear. 

0, Galilee, where Jesus walked, 
And multitudes around Him flocked, 
A hallowed country — and it seems 
A land of peace, a land of dreams. 

0, Galilee, a favored land, 
Upon the Mount the Lord shall stand 
With all the saints and angels bright 
And flood thy plains with dazzling light, 

— J . I . Cover 



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HISTORICAL 

So far, this historical series has been a brief 
outline of some of the persecutions and martyrdoms of 
the first millennium of the. church of Christ. For 
this issue we have selected three short accounts from 
the long list in M artyr ' s Mirr or of what Christians 
suffered in the 11th and 12th centuries. The first 
concerns fourteen martyrs in 1022 A.D. The second is 
about a deacon named Berengarius. We use this ac- 
count, not because of his steadfastness before his ex- 
aminers (he yielded three times and each time was sor- 
ry and repented) but because he was apparently an in- 
fluential teacher of the faith whose followers were 
called by his name and suffered for the cause of 
Christ. The third selection concerns the Waldenses 
and Albigenses and the wrath of the Roman church a- 
gainst them, which we hope to use next issue. — L.C. 

FOURTEEN PERSONS BURNED AS HERETICS 
AT ORLEANS-, FRANCE, A-Dl 1022 

A.D. 1022, near the close of the year, it seems, or, 
at the latest, A.D. 1023, there were apprehended and 
publicly burned, in France, in the presence of King 
Robert, on account of heresy (so-called by the papists), 
certain fourteen persons, some of whom were common 
people, while the others were of noble descent, and of 
whom the chief est was called Stephen. They were ac- 
cused of having spoken evil of God, and the holy sac- 
raments, that is, of holy baptism (namely, infant bap- 
tism, for this was what the papists generally prac- 
ticed, and concerning which disputes were of frequent 
occurrence), and of the body and blood of the lord 
(that is, the sacrament of the altar, which the 
Romanists were wont to call the body and blood of the 
Lord); also of marriage, etc. 

"This appears," says the writer, "to have been the 
first execution (that is, by burning), of persons ac- 
cused of heresy in the Roman church." Continuing he 



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says: "In an old book we find an account, that this 
heresy was brought into this country from across the 
sea, namely, from Bulgaria, and that thence it was 
spread into other provinces, where it subsequently was 
much in vogue, principally in Languedoc, around 
Toulouse, and in Gascony." 

He also states there, that the people who maintained 
this doctrine, were called Albigeois, and also Bul- 
garians, because they came from Bulgaria. 

Touching the accusations which were brought against 
the afore-mentioned fourteen persons, they were, as is 
related: That they had spoken against the article con- 
cerning God; against the holy sacraments, both baptism 
and the sacrament of the altar; against marriage, etc.; 
on account of which there was inflicted upon them the 
very cruel, dreadful, and miserable, death by fire. 

BRUNO, BISHOP OF ANGIERS, 
AND BERENGARIUS, HIS DEACON, 
CONDEMNED IN SEVERAL COUNCILS 

In our account of holy baptism for the year 1 060, 
we made mention of Bruno, Bishop of Anglers, and 
Berengarius, his deacon, and showed, according to the 
accounts of different writers, that they in opposition 
to the common belief of popery, denied infant baptism 
and transubstantiation, with all that pertains to it, 
as has been shown in said place. 

Of Bruno we find no further account, only that when 
he was examined he answered as has been related; and 
that his doctrine, together with that of Berengarius, 
was condemned by Pope Leo IX, in two different synods, 
the one of which was held at Rome, and the other at 
Versailles. 

But of Berengarius it is stated, that besides the 
afore -mentioned two condemnations by Pope Leo the 
Ninth, which he suffered together with Bruno, he was 
subjected to three examinations and as many condemna- 
tions, in three successive synods, once at Tours, and 
twice at Rome. But to our sincere regret we cannot 
omit mentioning that in the last three examinations, 
either from fear of death or for some other reason, he 



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did not acquit himself altogether manfully or in a 
Ghristianlike manner; inasmuch as in each examination, 
if what the ancients have written concerning it is. 
correct, he denied his belief before men; though after 
each denial, upon regaining his freedom, constrained 
in his conscience, he reavowed the same. 

His denial from whatever cause it may have pro- 
ceeded, was a fault of such magnitude that it could 
not be tolerated even in an ordinary Christian, much 
less in a martyr, unless it be that the name of a good 
Christian or martyr be whthheld from him. However, 
when, against this, there is taken into consideration, 
the heartfelt sorrow and grief which he manifested 
every time, and that he again taught the people as be- 
fore, and this, as is stated by many, to the end of 
his life; the name of a Christian, yea, even of a mar- 
tyr (though in weakness), on account of the manifold 
troubles he met with because of his belief, may still 
be accorded him. 

Berengarius lived to the age of about ninety years, 
according to the papist Baronius, who says that he re- 
mained separated from the Roman church, as a schis- 
matic, to the end of his life . . • 

In the meantime, mn had very different views re- 
specting the decease of Berengarius; for some, namely 
those who were rigid Romanists, and papists, had, it 
seems, an evil opinion of him; hence they knew nothing 
good to say of him, as appears from the account of 
Papirius Massonius, who, in his history of France, for 
the year 1088, says: "In this year, on the day of 
Epiphany . . . that corrupt arch-heretic, Berengarius, 
who so often deceived the (Roman) church by feigning 
to repent of his views, departed this life." 

But others, who were his good friends, had a better 
opiniori of him. Among these, the above-mentioned 
Hildebert was not the least; he, as some have observed, 
composed a very beautiful epitaph upon his death, the 
last words of which were as follows: "He (Berengarius) 
was truly a wise man, and, in every respect, perfectly 
blessed; who enriched heaven with his soul, and the 
earth with his body. God grant, that after W death I 



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may live and rest with him, and that my lot or Inher- 
itance may be no better than his." 

We will close here, and commit his cause to God* 
Meanwhile, the church of God, or, at least, the little 
flock of believers, sustained a great loss in his 
death. Hence, we may say, as was lamentingly said by 
one of old: M The day when Berengarius died was an 
evil day. rr 

It Is stated that after the death of Berengarius, 
his doctrine (spoken of above) in reference to baptism 
and the Supper, against the belief of the Roman church, 
gained much favor among his followers, who were called 
Berengarians ; so that England, France, Italy, Spain, 
Germany, and even part of the Netherlands, became 
filled with it. A certain writer says; "They did not 
adhere to Berengarius as to a reed which is swayed by 
the wind | and their faith did not rest on men, however * 
pious or godly these might have been, but upon the 
pure Word of God, which abides forever." 

Hence, Pope Urban II, A*B. 1095, by constraint as 
it were, convened a great council against them, in the 
city of Piacenza, in Italy; to which there came many 
bishops from Italy, Burgundy, France, Germany, Bavaria, 
and other countries, so that there was no church large 
enough to hold all the people, but they had to meet 
without the city, in an open field. 

Bertoleus Gonstantiensis says, that in this council 
a canon or rule was established, by which the views of 
Berengarius, which were called a heresy, were again, 
as had repeatedly been done previously, anathematized 
or cursed, but the views of the Roman church, confirmed 
as a precious matter. 

Hence It came, that a great persecution and dire 
distress arose, particularly about A.D. 1100, over 
said Berengarians, so that, at first, some were exiled 
here and there, from the Roman dominion, some expelled, 
and some were punished with death, yea, with death by 



fire. 



Both accounts taken from Martyrs Mirror , 






16 CHILDREN'S PAGE 

A QUIZ ABOUT ADAM , NOAH , ABRAHAM , JOSEPH AND MOSES 

Write the answers to these questions on another piece 
of paper, or take turns answering them with your 
brothers and sisters: 

WHICH MAN, . . 

...was thrown into a pit when he was 17 years old? 

• . .was asked if he could count all the stars? 

...named all the creatures that the Lord made? 

...led God f s people out of the land of Egypt? 

...built a very huge "building" at God's commandment? 

...caused sin and misery to come upon all men? 

. . .was not allowed to enter the promised land? 

...stored corn in Egypt? 

. . .was thrown into prison when he refused to do wrong? 

...had great flocks of cattle and sheep, and a great 

faith in God? 

SUPPLY THE MISSING WORDS: 

Adam and lived in the garden of * 

Noah built a huge . He took many thousands of 

and into it even though his ungodly 



neighbors at him. Noah was saved from drown- 
ing because he G od. 

Abraham believed everything that told him, and 

taught his son and grandson \ about God. 

Joseph was sold a into the land of . 

Moses caused ten to fall upon the , 

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"Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain 
from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul." 1 Peter 2: 1 1 



I AM NOT SKILLED TO UNDERSTAND 

"The Father sent the Son to be the Sayiour 
of the world. " (I John 4:14) . 

I am not skilled to understand 

What God hath willed, what God hath planned; 

I only know at His right hand • 

Stands One who is my Saviour. 

I take Him at His word indeed: 
"Christ died for sinners," this I read; 
And in my heart I find a need 
Of Him to be my Saviour. 

And was there then no other way 
For God to take? I cannot say; 
I only bless Him, day by day, 
Who saved me through my Saviour. 

Yes, living, dying, let me bring 

My strength, my solace from this spring, 

That He who lives to be my King 

Once died to be my Saviour... 

—Dora Greenwell (1821-1882) 



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THE SOVEREIGNTY OF GOD 
MD THE FREEDOM OF THE HUMAN WILL 

These words express an idea that is of human origin 
and not from the Bible. 

One commentator says, "How to reconcile the Sover- 
eignty of God and the freedom of the human will, we 
do not know. " 

This statement appears to pre-suppose two independ- 
ent powers of equal strength in opposition to each 
other. But no place in the Bible is there a compar- 
ison made of the Sovereignty of God and the freedom of 
the human will. The fact is that God in His Sovereign 
Wisdom and Eternal purpose has granted to the creature 
Man absolute freedom to choose whom he will serve in 
this life, and the Bible clearly shows that only in 
this one area does man have this absolute freedom. It 
is a most gracious exercise of the Sovereign Will of 
God for a purpose so wonderful and great and for so 
high a purpose that it seems beyond our comprehension. 
It may be that down deep in our finite minds we may 
actually wonder if it is true; and possibly we may 
shrink from accepting its absolute responsibility, for 
we should realise that in this greatest of all priv- 
ileges which God has granted unto us for the greatest 
of all blessings, there is included in it absolute 
responsibility for the consequences of the choice made. 

This "freedom of the human will" is limited to 
man's freedom of choice as to whom he will serve in 
this life. Nothing in the Bible indicates that man 
has unlimited freedom to do as he pleases in all areas 
of this life. God has never surrendered any of His 
Sovereignty to anyone at any time. Adam and Eve had 
absolute freedom in the Garden of Eden to choose whom 
they would believe and obey, but the devil beguiled 
them and they made a wrong choice, and in so doing 



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they forfeited any further freedom of choice and were 
driven out of their Paradise (no doubt against their 
will) and could no longer do as they pleased. Appar- 
ently before they sinned they had the freedom to eat 
of the Tree of Life and live forever. 

The same was true of Cain: God gave him the free- 
dom to choose whether he would obey or oppose Him, and 
He mercifully warned him of the consequences if he 
chose to rebel against God. Cain chose to rebel a- 
gainst God's counsel and killed his brother. After 
that he was in bondage to the devil and was driven out 
from God (against his will). His was a pitiful lament 
to the Sovereign God Whom he had offended. 

Romans 1 ;18-24 clearly demonstrates how men are re- 
sponsible for the choices they make, and it is clearly 
indicated that all men have this freedom of choice. 
But if they choose not to serve the Living God they 
lose that freedom and become servants of the devil; 
"For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against 
all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold 
the truth in unrighteousness; BECAUSE that which may 
be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath 
showed it unto them. For the invisible things of him 
from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being 
understood by the things that are made, EVEN HIS ETER- 
NAL POWER MD GODHEAD; so that they are without ex- 
cuse; Because that when they knew God, they glorified 
him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain 
in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was 
darkened . . . Wherefore God also gave them up to un- 
cleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to 
dishonour their own bodies between themselves . . ." 

Jesus told those Jews in John 8:31-34, "If y e con- 
tinue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; And 
ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you 
free." They answered, "We be Abraham's seed, and were 
never in bondage to any man." Jesus answered them, 
"Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whosoever committeth 
sin is the servant of sin." "Know ye not, that to 
whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his ser- 
vants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto 



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death, or of obedience unto righteousness?" (Romans 
6:1 6) "There is therefore now no condemnation to them 
which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the 
flesh, but after the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit 
of life in Christ Jesus hath made me FREE from the law 
of sin and death," (Romans 8:1,2) 

The Sovereignty of God includes the love of God, 
and the wisdom of God, and the power of God. All the 
means. of Grace are included in the Sovereignty of God. 
And in this Sovereign Will and Love and Wisdom and 
Power and Grace God has graciously granted to man the 
greatest of all privileges to freely choose to love ■ 
and serve Him willingly, and become like God to fellow- 
ship with Him eternally. But also this freedom .of 
choice includes the liberty to refuse to serve Him, 
but if that course should be chosen then man loses his 
freedom and becomes a servant of sin and the devil. 

"And I heard as it were the voice of a great multi- 
tude, and as the voice of many waters, and as the 
voice of mighty thunderings, saying, Alleluia: for the 
Lord God omnipotent reigneth. " (Revelation 19:6) 

—Daniel F. Wolf 
Modesto, California 



PLANTED TO PRODUCE 

"Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try (test) 
the spirits whether they are of God: because many 
false prophets are gone out into the world." (I John 
4j1 ) A spirit is invisible, silent and powerful. It 
is also referred to as a "Ghost". There are two major 
spirits — evil and good, or Satan and God. In this 
world today Satan seems to be the most powerful. The 
majority of people are motivated by him. We could 
describe' him as that "hideous strength". But there is 
One Who in reality is far more powerful than Satan. - 
The Holy Spirit is the power of God and nothing has, 
can, or will overcome Him. But we must enter the 
kingdom of- God in order to be guided by Him. We must 



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be guided by Him in order to witness His glorious 
power! 

Many false teachers are among us today. We are 
warned not to believe every teacher but to test the- 
teaching, whether it is of God. What the teacher 
teaches will determine what spirit it is. Then the 
fruit of the spirit will tell on the teacher and what 
he has planted. 

Those who have entered the Church of Jesus are as 
plants. A plant will bear fruit if it is properly 
cared for. But only by Its fruits will we know if It 
has been cared for in the proper manner. Jesus said, 
"A good man out of the good treasure of the heart 
bringeth forth good things : and an evil man out of the 
evil treasure of the heart bringeth forth evil things." 
(Matthew 12:35) "For he that soweth to his flesh 
shall of the flesh reap corruption ; but he that soweth 
to the Spirit shall of the Sp irit reap life everlast- 
ing." (Galatians 6:8) There is a very true saying 
that goes like this, "What you are speaks so loud I 
cannot hear what you say." Satan is of this world, 
of the flesh , but God Is of the Spirit and our spirit 
is our TRUE BEING* a mind of the flesh will be con- 
cerned with things of the flesh, but a mind of the 
Spirit will be concerned with spiritual things. The 
only way to be a Christian is to have a Spiritual mind. 

When a plant grows it starts in the ground. The 
eye cannot see it growing, but it is. A Christian 
grows the same way. The seed starts growing within 
us, and then it will reach a certain point where it 
starts showing, and this visible plant is the fruit 
of the Spirit. Then this fruit should grow; it should 
multiply many times, growing on the good root system 
of the Holy Word. 

In Galatians 5 we find what fruits we should pro- 
duce: LOVE, the first and most important fruit; JOY, 
joyful that we are free of our past sins, that we have 
eternal life; PEACE, with God; LONGSUFFERING, we suf- 
fer with those who suffer as long as they suffer; 
GENTLENESS; GOODNESS; FAITH, complete trust in Him; 
MEEKNESS, a mild person; TEMPERANCE, or self-restraint; 



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we must be able to control ourselves, our temper, what 
we buy, have, do, say, see, or hear. This all stems 
on LOVE. "By this shall all men know that ye are my 
disciples, if ye have love one to another.' 1 (John 13: 
35) This is where many of us fail, and we would do 
well to ask ourselves, "Do I have the love of Christ?" 

"But I will come to you shortly, if the Lord will, 
and will know, not the speech of them which are puffed 
up, but the power (ability)." (I Corinthians 4:19) 
And note these next words, "For the kingdom of God is 
NOT in WORD, but in POWER." (4:20) We must have the 
power (ability) to produce for Him and the only way 
we will be able is by relying on the Spirit. 

Jesus said, "For I say unto you, That except your 
righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the 
scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in NO case enter into 
the kingdom of heaven." (Matthew 5:20) These scribes 
and Pharisees had outward righteousness, but they 
lacked inner righteousness. Their fruit" looked good 
on the outside, but on the inside it was \^orth nothing 
— rotten. "Herein is my Father glorified, that ye 
BEAR MUCH FRUIT; SO SHAIL YE BE MY ; DISCIPLES. " (John 
15:8) 

Let us be more concerned with the inner soul and 
not the corruptible, outi^ard appearance. Let us be 
sure our roots are in the soil of God and that none 
of them grow out into poor soil. VJe are planted in. 
God to produce fruit for Him which comes from the very 
depths of the heart. We are being put to the test, 
especially in these last days with cults and false 
teachers and doctrines all around us, pressing in on 
us, using the word deceitfully. The words of the 
apostle Paul should humble ourselves and make us 
search ourselves for deceitf ulness, "But as we were 
allowed of God to be put in trust with the gospel, 
even so we sp$ak; not as pleasing mexx n but God, which 
trieth our hearts." (I Thessalonians 2:4) The Lord 
Jesus Christ be with you all. 



.-!- -R. 1. Cable 

Bringhurst, Indiana 



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GOVERNMENTS 

In this time of extremes and errors there is a 
right way— a middle road to walk regarding the govern- 
ment of our land of freedom. At many times in the 
past and in some countries today the government has 
been hostile to the true believers in Jesus Christ. 
In such times it is not hard to find a position in 
regards to the state. The attitude was of necessity 
one of "fear and trembling" — of prayer and trust in 
God for deliverance and peace or strength to stand the 
trials. There was never a thought for the church to 
identify with such a power. 

Today we are surrounded by various attitudes of 
Christian people to the state. On the one hand is the 
idea that ours is a Christian nation — that Christian- 
ity and democracy are synonymous. The other extreme 
is the attitude of continual complaining about taxes, 
injustices and the shady, subversive habits of those 
in positions of authority. 

There is strong teaching in our country that democ- 
racy is a form of Christianity, and that our love for 
God and loyalty to God's people should be shared with 
our country in the form of all-out participation and 
support. We do have many national blessings and priv- 
ileges to be thankful for. We have freedoms that have 
seldom been known in man's history. Men who believed 
intensely in human rights have worked and fought for 
these freedoms. But God is still the Provider, and 
without His sovereign will and intervention, the ef- 
forts of imn would have been useless. He it is that 
sets up and dethrones kings and rulers, as King 
Nebuchadnezzar found out "the hard way n . In no man- 
ner should our loyalty to our government supercede or 
replace any of that given to God. He wants us to be 
obedient to the powers that He has ordained but never 
at the expense of obedience to Him. 

And then there is that attitude of distrust and 
dissatisfaction about our government. It is true that 
the government is inefficient and wasteful. It is 



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true that many times justice is not served on the 
criminal. These are products of the affluent times 
in which we live* The government is wasteful because 
there is a tremendous resource to be wasted, and the 
tendency in unconverted, affluent men is to be waste- 
ful and inefficient — especially with money and time 
belonging to someone else or the vague "public". Our 
permissive society has brought on leniency in regards 
to crime as well. Perhaps we should speak out at 
times, but we cannot complain too much unless we are 
prepared to do something to change these conditions. 
The Christian knows that unless the human heart is 
converted and given to the control of the Holy Spirit 
there will be no lasting improvement. The Christians 
campaign is not for national or even personal reform 
but for complete regeneration of the man in yielding 
to God and His laws. 

If we belong to the kingdom of God, we have a hope, 
a work, a high calling, a freedom, and a great obliga- 
tion and duty. These all supercede any such that we 
might have from the state. But God has given us di- 
rections concerning our governments We are to pray 
for those in authority as in I Timothy 2:2* We are to 
be "subject to the higher powers" as in Romans 1 3 si 
and to "Submit (ourselves) to every ordinance of man 
for the Lord's sake" as in I Peter 2:13. We are to 
"Render therefore to all their dues: tribute to whom 
tribute is due; custom to x^hom custom; fear to whom 
fear; honour to whom honour." (Romans 13:17) Also we 
are to keep separate our service to God and our ser- 
vice to the state. Jesus said to "Render to Caesar 
the things that are Caesar 1 s, , and to God the things 
that are God f s." (Mark 12:17) And wr are to be thank- 
ful. 

Democracy . is no more a friend to grace than is a 
monarchy or <$ven a communistic government for that 
matter. Under all governments of man the church has 
either flourished or faded according to the measure 
of. devotion the people were willing to give to the 
government of God. Sometimes we may think the state 
is the only government over us. We recognize the 



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right of the state to regulate our public lives by way 
of civil laws, but we may reserve the right to do as 
we please in our personal lives, "A man's home is his 
castle." We think, perhaps, that no one; governs us 
there — that no one has the right to tell us what to do. 
God has that right. There is no place where we are not 
under His government. The more we realize the extent 
and importance and magnitude of God's rule, the better 
we can relate to the earthly governments. The closer 
we walk with God in Christ Jesus, the more able we are 
to find that Mddle of the road walk — that path of 
thankfulness and obedience to laws — regarding our na- 
tion. When we yield our lives to God's laws, trusting 
His grace, we will be neither radical nor unthankful 
regarding the state. We will be only grateful to our 
Heavenly Father for the time in which we live— for the 
privilege of life itself — life in this world and eter- 
nal life in the Son of God, Jesus Christ our Lord.*— L.C. 

REFLECTING 

Does it make you tender when 
You are mourning o'er your sin? 
Let your tears flow unrestrained; 
Precious fruits are thus obtained. 

Does it seem your heart will melt, 

When His wondrous love is felt? 

"Let your heart ne'er hardened be," 

Hear the Master say to thee I 

Do the tears flow down your cheeks, 
When you hear His servants speak? 
Oh cease not to softened be; 
Lest it thwart your destiny. 

Does it warm you through and through, 
Feeling brethren's arms 'round you? 
Think how dear will be the time — 
Resting on His breast sublime. 



-Cindy Neff 
Goshen, Indiana 



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HISTORICAL 

ORIGIN OF THE INQUISITION 

AGAINST THE WALDENSES AND ALBIGENSES, 

BY POPE INNOCENT III, A J). 1198 

Pope Innocent III was the first who instituted the 
office of the inquisition, with ordained inquisitors; 
to which end he also wrote a letter, in the first year 
of his popedom, on the first day of April, to the 
archbishop of Auxitana; in which he greatly complains 
of the enemies of St. Peter's Shiplet, as he calls it, 
and then speaks as follows; 

"We desire that you and your fellow bishops, by 
your prudence, shall guard the more vigorously against 
this malady (meaning the doctrine of the Waldenses and 
Albigenses), and oppose it the more strenuously, as 
you see the more reason to fear that the sound part of 
the body may become infected by the disease; lest by 
such contagions, which spread gradually like a cancer, 
the minds of the faithful become infected by a general 
corruption. 

"Therefore we send you brotherly love, and charge 
you most earnestly by this apostolic letter, that you 
do your utmost, to exterminate (all) heresy, and to 
banish from your province all those that are contam- 
inated therewith, or have any fellowship with them, or 
who are openly suspected of having familiar inter- 
course with them, you do not only exercise all the 
rigor of church discipline, without intervention of 
appeal, but also, if necessary, subdue or punish them 
by the power of the material sword, by princes or by 
the people. " 

On these words the papistic commentator remarks, In 
the margin: "Up to this time, no inquisitors had yet 
been sent or appointed by the pope." 

In the same month, namely on the 21st of April, 
1198, twenty days after the writing of the first let- 
ter, Pope Innocent III wrote another letter, not only 
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the archbishops of Aix, Narbonne, Vienhe, Aries, 
Ebredun, Tarragon, Lyons, etc- , and at the same time 
appointed one Reinerius and one Guido as his commis- 
saries or inquisitors, to apprehend those who sought 
to escape the dominion of the Roman church. The con- 
tents of the letter were directed against the 
Waldenses, and commanded that they should be -caught, 
as little foxes that spoil the vineyards. Finally he 
commands them to be driven out of the country. 

In the following month, namely on the 13th of May, 
Innocent wrote still another letter for" the same pur- 
pose; in which he again commanded that the little 
foxes should be caught, and promises to send the in- 
quisitors, add i ng : 

,! We pray, admonish, and entreat you all together, 
in the name of the Lord, and charge you, unto remis- 
sion of sins, that you receive them (the inquisitors, 
Reinerius and Guido), kindly, aid them manfully and 
vigorously, and lend them a helping hand by good 
counsel and with the deed. 

"But, as. brother Reinerius, for urgent and impor- 
tant matter of the church, has first, by order of the 
apostolical see, gone to Spain, we will and command 
nevertheless, that you archbishops and bishops, draw 
the spiritual sword, when requested so to do by said 
brother Guido, against the heretics whom he shall name 
to you; but let the lay power confiscate their goods, 
and banish them from the country, and thus separate 
the chaff from the wheat. 

"Furthermore, to all who in this great difficulty 
which now threatens the church, shall faithfully and 
devotedly assist her in maintaining the Christian 
faith, we grant the same indulgence, pardon, or re- 
mission of sins, which we have granted to all those 
who go on a pilgrimage to St. Peter's or St. Jacob's 
church. Given at Rome, on the above day, A.D. 1 1 98 . " 

About two years after Pope Innocent III had issued 
those three bloody letters, for the persecution and 
suppression of the true, defenseless Christians, who 
were commonly called Waldenses, but by their enemies 
or persecutors, publicans and sinners, it came to 



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pass, in the last year of the twelfth century, namely 
A.D. 1200, that in the city of Troyes, in Champagne, 
there were apprehended, by order of the pope and the 
reigning authorities, eight persons, five men and 
three women, who made the same confession as was stated 
above with regard to the Waldenses, contradicting the 
authority of the pope, infant baptism, the swearing of 
oaths, the office of criminal authority, and whom the 
papistic author of the large Chronicle of the Nether- 
lands calls Po pelitatnos . 

However, these persons were not accused by the 
papists of any evil works, but simply on account of 
their faith; in which faith they desired to remain 
steadfast unto death, without, in any wise departing 
from it. Hence they were all sentenced to the fire, 
in said year, and offered up their bodies unto God as 
a burnt sacrifice, having commended their souls into 
His hands. 

SIXTY PERSONS CAILED ALBIGENSES, 
BURNT FOR THE FAITH, AT CASSER 

In the year 1211 , or a little before, when the 
count of kontfort, by order of the pope, was exercis- 
ing great tyranny for the purpose of exterminating the 
Albigenses, he learned, through an informer, or in 
some other way, that in a place called Casser, there 
resided many of these people, under the protection of 
the lord of said place. He therefore went to lay 
siege to it; but those within (namely, the garrison), 
seeing that they would not be able to hold out long, 
notwithstanding the place was tolerably strong other- 
wise, capitulated, with this agreement, that they 
would deliver into the hands of the enemy, those 
called heretics (or Albigenses); these tv bishops 
sought to persuade to renounce their fa:-, oh, but they 
could not prevail upon them in the least; in conse- 
quence of which sixty persons were burnt for the sake 
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ABOUT ONE HUNDRED PERSONS 
GALLED ALBIGENSES, OR HERETICS, 
BURNT FOR THE FAITH IN A TOWER AT GASSAS 

About the close of the year 1211, it is recorded, 
the legate of the pope, having gone forth utterly to 
extirpate all those that professed the confession of 
the above-mentioned Albigenses, was apprised, that 
over eighty, but according to others, about a hundred 
of that sect or heresy, as it was called, were con- 
cealed on^ or in, a tower at' Gassas. They had been 
sent thither by those of Rogueville (who, it seems, 
were not willing that any of these defenseless people 
should remain among them), that they might save their 
lives, until this bloodthirsty man should have passed 
by. Having learned this, the legate very easily sur- 
prised, captured and demolished this tower, and caused 
all those that were in it — like sheep for the slaugh- 
ter in the fold, who would not abandon their faith, 
to be burned alive as heretics. * - 

FIFTY PERSONS GALI£D ALBIGENSES, 
BURNT FOR THE FAITH,' AT CHASTELNAU D'ARI, 
AT THE CLOSE OF THE YEAR 1211 

This fire of the papal legate continued, like a 
thunderbolt, to burn and scorch among the defenseless 
flock of Christ, called Albigenses, or heretics, who 
had concealed themselves here and there, wherever 
they thought they might be secure. 

In the meantime, there were fifty of these people 
at Chaste lnau d'Ari, shut up and closely besieged, 
together with all that were in that place, by the 
count of Montfort, the commander-in-chief of the papal 
legate. Finally, the place having been taken, all 
these persons, as they would not depart from their 
faith, were burnt alive, and thus, having commended 
their souls unto God, they gave their bodies for a 
burnt sacrifice. 

Chassanion writes, that when the Count of Montfort 

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were found in it, who would rather be burnt alive than 
returned to the papistic religion. 

From Martyr 1 3 Mirror , pages 299 > 300 and 308 

These accounts are just samples of dozens recorded 
i* 3 Martyrs Mirror of the persecutions of the Waldenses 
and Albigenses as followers of Christ. Thousands met 
violent death. Decrees were made against them. One 
decree ordering the destruction of the homes and con- 
fiscation of their property reads: "We ordain, that 
the house in which a heretic is discovered, shall be 
razed to the grounds and the land or farm upon which 
a heretic is found, shall be confiscated." "Also the 
houses in which any heretic shall be found, living or 
dead, accused or condemned, being there with the know- 
ledge or consent of the proprietors of said houses, 
provided said proprietors have attained their legal 
age, you shall cause to be demolished, and shall con- 
fiscate all. the goods of those who live in them, unless 
they can legally prove or show their innocence or 
ignorance." 

May the record of the persecuted Christians of past 
ages inspire us to holier lives as we realize that our 
Lord is "the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever," 
and that we will all someday stand before Him. — L.C. 



COMMUNION NOTICE 

The Salida Congregation of the Old Brethren Church 
have agreed, the Lord willing, to hold our Fall Love- 
feast on October 14 & 15. A hearty invitation and 
welcome is extended to all of our members and friends 
to attend. —Daniel F. Wolf 

BIRTH 

BAKER - A son, Jonathan Paul, born August 2 to Paul 
and Mary Baker of Maple, Ontario. 

ADDRESS CHANGE 

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CLING TO THE PROMISES 

"..♦There hath not failed one word of all 
his good promise..." (I Kings 8:56) 

"Oh! Lord , the hainmer blows are fierce, 
And flesh and heart cry out in paini 
The burden crushes , crushes down — 
My Lord I I cannot rise again 1 
But Lord, Thy promises are true; 
I hold, I cling when eyes can ! t see 
Any light but Thee!" 

"Dear child, I know that you are weak. 

You see, I made you out of dust. 

But if you 1 11 lean on me and rest 

I never will betray your trust. 

Just know My promises are true; 

Just hold and cling when eyes can't see 

Any light but Mel" 

"But why, Lord, do the hammers pound 

Blow after blow, without a rest? 

You surely know I cannot stand — 

I simply can't survive this test! 

But Lord, I'll hold, I'll cling because 

There never was nor can there be 

Any light but Thee!" 

"Dear child, My plan for you is this 
That you will someday be like Me. 
Each lesson comes to make you grow; 
There is no other way you see. 
But if you'll trust Me even here 
Someday with Heavenly eyes you'll see 
And be like Me!" 

— Vera Miller 

Tuolumne, California 



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DAVID 

What do you think about when you think of David? 
Do you think about a shepherd boy out en the hillside 
taking care of his father's sheep? Do you think of 
the time he killed a bear and a lion which were trying 
to steal one of the little lambs? 

Or do you think about a young man carrying a staff 
and a sling and five smooth stones, running bravely 
across an open field to meet the wicked giant Goliath, 
while two large armies stood watching? 

Perhaps you think of a person who loved poetry and 
music — a man who wrote more than a hundred beautiful 
psalms telling us how the Lord God made all the wonder- 
ful things of nature, how He loves us and cares for us, 
and gives blessings to us in abundance every day. 

Or do you think of David after he was anointed by 
the prophet Samuel to be the new king of God r s people 
Israel, and of how the rejected king Saul tried to 
kill David again and again? 

David was truly a wonderful man, and a good example 
for us In many ways. Bat the best words that can be 
said about David is what God said about him: "I have 
found David the son of Jesse, a man after mine own 
heart, which shall fulfill all my will." In other 
words, the Lord respected David because David did what 
God wanted him to do! And that's why God helped David 
to do all those other wonderful things. 

David made several mistakes in life, but he was very 
sorry after each one. He prayed, "Wash me thoroughly 
from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin." And 
God can use a person who feels like that. — S.K.B. 

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"Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain 
from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul.* 1 Peter 2: 1 1 



HERE AT THY TABLE, LORD 

Here at Thy table, Lord, 

This sacred hour, 
let us feel Thee near, 

In loving power; . 
Calling our thoughts away 

From self and sin, 
As to Thy banquet hall 

We enter in* 

So shall our life of faith 

Be full, be sweet; 
And we shall find our strength 

For each day meet; 
Fed by Thy living bread, 

All hunger past, 
We shall be satisfied, 

And saved at last-. . 

Come then, holy Christ, 

Feed us, we pray; 
Touch with Thy pierced hand 

Each common day; 
Making this earthly life 

Full of Thy grace, 
Till in the home of Heaven 

We find our place. 

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JESUS RECEIVES 
AND BLESSES LITTLE CHILDREN 

"And He took them up in his arms, put his hands on 
them, and blessed them." 

This he art- touching account told in three Gospels 
was meant to teach adult minds, Jesus, in His busy 
ministry, took time to hold children, put His hands 
upon thern, and bless them. Matthew mentions the "lit- 
tle children"; iviark, "young children" and Luke, "in- 
fants". Babes in arms, creepers and toddlers, Jesus 
loved them all. 

The scene has been a favorite one in song and story; 
mothers eagerly bringing their small treasures to 
Jesus, if only for His touch. The simple heart faith 
of the mothers with the sweet innocence of babes is 
ever a living object lesson of the Kingdom of Heaven. 

Officious disciples who ordered them away were iii- 
stantly and openly rebuked. The mothers were reassured 
and welcomed. The children, still in their innocence, 
could well claim first right to Jesus, the sinless One. 
He welcomed them in His arms, and putting His hands 
upon them, let the radiating virtue of His Being flood 
their happy bodies and souls; blessing them with lov- 
ing words to be later told and retold countless times 
through the succeeding centuries. "Suffer little 
children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of 
such is the kingdom of God. Verily I say unto you, 
Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a 
little child shall in no wise enter therein." (Luke 
18:16,17) 

Children in pious Christian homes accept the par- 
ents' faith in Jesus without question. They soon join 
in the prayer and praise life of the home. Many aged 
Christians have said, "I never knew the time when I 
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driven by the Adam nature within and the souJJs enemy 
without, a personal decision for Christ and life com- 
mitment to Him becomes necessary. Then the blood of 
Jesus is seen "as the atonement for sin: the heart and 
mind receives the word of truth and yields in true 
obedience to His call. 

Our feeble efforts to explain fall far short of 
this masterful Kingdom of Heaven teaching. Its power 
is vested in our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. He 
says in Matthew 28:18, "All power is given unto me in 
heaven and in earth." He Is the King of the Kingdom 
of Heaven. 

We turn to search the account for a word from the 
mothers or a response from the children. It is not 
there. But we see human weakness reaching out for 
Divine strength. We see innocence reaching out for 
an everlasting portion. 

Farther on, we rejoice with the children who cried 
"Hosanna to the Son of David" In the temple. Again 
there was the adult protest and again the rebuke of 
Jesus, "Yea, have ye never read, Out of the mouths of 
babes and sucklings thou hast perfected praise?" 

Quite evidently these same children lay heavy on 
the heart of Jesus. On crucifixion day, while carry- 
ing His cross, He turned to the women who bewailed and 
lamented Him, and said, "... weep not for me, but 
weep for yourselves, and for your children," and spoke 
of judgment woes ahead. It is quite possible also 
that those same praising children ended their lives 
on Roman crosses, were fed to hungered wild beasts in 
ungodly arenas, or died under torture in vile prisons; 
"not accepting deliverance", in their love for Jesus. 
He died for them. They died for Him.. 

Again we read in hatthev 18:1-6, where "Jesus 
called a child unto him and set him in the midst of 
them." The child came without question and obedient- 
ly sat where he was placed. He pointed to the humil- 
ity of the child and also of its faith: "One of these 
little ones who believe in me." Then came a warning 
with a most enlightening statement (verse 10): "Take 
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I say unto you, That in heaven their angels do always 
behold the face of my Father which is in heaven. 1 ' 
The Christian family is foreseen here, for how can 
little ones believe in Jesus unless taught to do so? 

Like Jesus, the Apostle John had a deep love for 
the little Christian children- I John 2:12, "I write 
unto you, little children, because your sins are for- 
given you for his name's sake." Truly this is a verse 
to bring hope to bereaved parents. 

Again, let us notice the mothers bringing their 
little ones to Jesus* What an example for Christian 
parents! Thank God for believing parents who brought 
their "little band" to the Saviour in early morning 
to sing His praises, read His Word and to pray to God 
in Jesus 1 name; and further taught them to come to 
Him, kneeling at their bedside at night with simple 
prayers before going to sleep. 

The Christian assembly is composed for the most 
part of Christian homes. Father and mother, you must 
work in close harmony to start your infant in the 
faith of Jesus. You must not, you dare not fail, or 
stumble, your little ones. (Matthew 18:6) 

Again, thank God for believing parents who carried 
us to God in prayer as long as they lived. 

As God blesses the home and the assembly, may we 
carry the blessing out to those still wandering in 
the darkness of unbelief and sin. We are surrounded 
with lost souls for whom Christ died. Christ and the 
New Testament writers used the word "whosoever" many 
times. The last one is in Revelation 22:17. 

"And the Spirit and the bride say, Gome. And let 
him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is a- 
thirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the 
water of life freely." 

Have we heard? Are we saying "Come"? 



One of His little ones, 
James D. Cover 
Modesto, California 



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TESTIMONIES AND TESTS 

I'm not a scholar or even a particularly bright in- 
dividual, but I know what a testimony is and I know 
what a test is. And I think I can honestly say that 
in our Christian walk, a testimony is almost bound to 
be followed by a test. 

When we are led of the Spirit to give a positive 
and public testimony for our Lord and His working in 
our lives we can fully expect to be put to the test 
sooner or later, usually sooner, to see if we are able 
to stand firm and back up our words with our actions . 
This happens so consistently it just can't be an acci- 
dent or a coincidence. Is it because our Lord wants 
to prove us or is it because Satan is listening and 
wants to hurt us and ruin our testimony? Or is it 
both? Does God allow Satan to try us to prove us. as 
he did Job? Is it because He knows it's the only way 
we can grow? We know God is stronger than Satan and 
every event in our lives has to pass His permissive 
will, and surely Satan knows this too. It seems 
strange to me that he would keep trying, but the fact 
is that he does. Perhaps he likes to make us suffer 
for our faith. There is a lot we don't understand, 
and we don't need to understand it all. 'What we do 
need to understand is that we have to be constantly on 
our guard, because the enemy will never give up this 
side of Heaven. If we're not careful we may become so 
weary of the constant battle we are tempted to pull 
back and not speak up for our Lord and His power in 
our lives. But if we do refuse to give a lively testi- 
mony because of fear of the consequences we miss a 
wonderful blessing, because this is the way we grow. 
We can grasp God's promises and claim them for our 
own, then act on them as truth In our lives, not al- 
ways because it's easy to trust in the face of adver- 
sity, but because the Lord, in His word, says it is 
time I 

I read recently that faith is an act of the will, 
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that what God says is true > in spite of feelings or 
circumstances. The Spirit within us gives us the 
"guarantee" of confidence , and experience in a trust- 
ing walk with God strengthens it. 

The Christian life is indeed a paradox. The more 
we speak up for the Lord the more Satan attacks us and 
sometimes we really suffer for it. But the growth and 
the blessings are so great and rewarding if we stand 
fast and continue to give glory and praise that we 
couldn't stop if we wanted to. We may hurt terribly 
and at the same time have such a joy and gratitude in 
our hearts it's past our ability to understand how 
such a thing could be. Naturally speaking, it T s im- 
possible, but spiritually speaking it's an experienced 
fact. The fiible calls it the "peace that passes under- 
standing." We hurt, but at the same time we are lit - 
erally compelled by some unseen force (the Holy 
Spirit?) to go forward. Deep in our heart we know 
beyond the shadow of a doubt that the only way to go 
is forward ! After tasting the unspeakable joy of a 
life that's hid with Christ in God it's unthinkable we 
could even consider settling for less—or even settling 
for a listless, mediocre discipleship, if such a thing 
is possible. If we're listless in our Christian walk 
are we even disciples? See Luke 14:26, 27. 

Even as I write this I seem to hear a voice saying, 
"Expect a test, Satan is listening!" And another 
voice answers, "If we suffer with Him, we shall also 



reign with Him! " 
Praise the Lord I 



— Vera Miller 

Tuolumne, California 



BIRTH 
GARBER - A son, Michael Lynn born September 13 to 
Kenneth and Marqueta Garber of Hughson, California. 

ADDRESS CHANGE 

Hollis Flora 8728 State Rt. 121, North 
Greenville, Ohio 45331 



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WISDOM 

The other night, after I spoke at a meeting, a col- 
lege professor told me of the ignorance of college 
students today with respect to history and religion. 
This ignorance is common to all, Protestant, Catholic, 
and atheist. For example, in a test on historical 
knowledge, a Catholic student identified Mohammed as 
the first pope; a Protestant declared that Peter was 
the god of the Jews. The students were not concerned 
about their ignorance; good and evil were really un- 
important to them; their one principle was this: 
"Don't do anything that will hurt people" They felt 
little need to learn more than this. 

Their faith, whatever they called themselves, was 
obviously humanism. Man must never be hurt or of- 
fended; God was not in their thinking. They obviously 
lacked wisdom and understanding. 

The heart of wisdom, according to Scripture, is in- 
struction (Proverbs 1 :2-3). The companion word to in- 
struction in the Bible is reproof, correction, or dis- 
cipline (Proverbs 1:23). Moreover, "The fear of the 
LORD is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding 
(or, success) have all they that do his commandments." 
(Psalm 111:10) 

The humanism of the students, by making man the 
standard, has eroded both knowledge and morality. If 
man Is our god, then outside knowledge is unnecessary 
for man. His own existence is all he needs to know, 
and his wishes are his only law and morality. 

Moreover, the new law, "Don't do anything that will 
hurt people," is a charter for violence, not love. 
Because no law of God is recognized to restrain man, 
pure egoism then prevails. In practice, "Don't do 
anything that will hurt people," becomes simply, 
"Don't do anything that will hurt or offend me, or 
else I'll stomp you." 

Humanism leads to ruthless egoism and immoralism. 
It produces the kind of ignorance the professor re- 
ported, and the growing moral anarchy our newspapers 



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daily describe. It professes the love of man, but 
practices hatred of men other than one's self. 

It is high time to toss out the humanism in church, 
state, and school, and in our hearts, and to turn a- 
gain to the lord. Our hearts are in need of instruc- 
tion, reproof, and regeneration. We are ignorant, and 
our ignorance begins with the ignorance of God and His 
word. The Lord summons us to learn and live. 



-By R. J. Rushdoony 
Selected from Ca lifornia 
Farmer by Daniel F. Wolf 



COMMUNION 

Brethren people have always looked forward to their 
"Love Feasts." These are times for solemn meditation 
on the good things of God, On the evening of the 
Communion service, as the members gather around the 
clean white tables, the thoughts turn to the Word of 
God and the commemoration of the event and the One 
who brought salvation to our souls. 

Communion is defined as "act of sharing; participa- 
tion; mutual intercourse." I like to think of it as 
an act of sharing. In I Corinthians 10il6 we read, 
"The cup of blessing which we bless, is it not the 
communion (act of sharing) of the blood of Christ? 
The bread which we break, is it not the communion (act 
of sharing) of the body of Christ? 

Our whole series of meetings which we call our 
Communion can be described as an act of sharing. 
Failure to share was one of Paul's criticisms of the 
Corinthian Church, He accused them of' divisions and 
heresies and told them, "When ye come together there- 
fore into one place, this is not to ee.t the Lord T s 
supper. (The alternate reading is '...ye cannot eat 
the Lord's supper:') For in eating every one taketh 
before other his own supper: and one is hungry, and 
another is drunken." Paul could not praise tham for 
this selfish, unsharing feasting. He told them they 
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"Wherefore, my brethren, when ye come together to eat, 
tarry one for another . " Then they could have a true 
feast of charity. 

Paul emphasizes that Jesus instituted the emblems 
j of His body and blood the same night He was betrayed. 

This shows the importance 'and urgency of this Communion* 
The giving of the emblems was followed closely by the 
very act of redemption. Jesus told them, "Take, eat: 
this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in 
remembrance of me,.. This cup is the new testament in 
my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remem- 
brance of me." And He proceeded within the next 24 
hours to lay down His life, to shed His precious blood, 
and to allow men to break His undefiled body that the 
world might have redemption. 

How do we share here? How can we possibly share in 
that unprecedented and for-all-time act of the ages? 
We can share collectively the way He told us: "This do 
in remembrance of me." So sacred is this act of sharing 
together the emblems of His body and blood that Paul 
cautions us to examine ourselves and judge ourselves 
before we eat. This commemoration shows the Lord's 
death and is not to be done by those who take it lightly 
or do not discern (recognize or perceive) the Lord's 
body. We prepare our homes for company and our clothes 
for our best appearance at this time; how much more 
important that we prepare and examine our hearts for 
this communion of the body and blood of Jesus. 

We can also share individually by being buried with 
Him by baptism into death; by knowing that our old man 
is crucified with Him that the body of sin might be 
destroyed; by reckoning ourselves also to be dead in- 
deed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ 
our Lord. We share when we come to know Him and the 
power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His 
sufferings, being made conformable to His death. 

Do our Communion Meetings mean this kind of sharing 
to us? Are we willing and prepared to share with Christ 
and identify with Him before a careless world? May 
these times mean forgetting ourselves and experiencing 
with others the blessings of salvation in Christ. -L.C. 






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COMMUNION NOTICES 

The Salida Congregation of the Old Brethren Church 
have agreed , the Lord willing $ to hold our Fall Love- 
feast on October 14 & 15 # A hearty invitation and 
welcome is extended to all of our members and friends 

to attend . .__.._ _ 

— Daniel F. Wolf 

We > the Old Brethren of the Eastern District have 
agreed > the Lord willing, to hold our Fall Love feast 
on the 4th and 5th of November at the Wakarusa Meeting 
House. A hearty invitation and welcome is extended 
to all of our members and friends to attend, 

— Elmer Brovont 

Communion was held on September 10 at Maple, Ontario 
among the members of Canada with brethren and sisters 
attending from Indiana and Ohio. 

REMEMBER CALVARY . 

When Christians meet and talk of Him 

And tears oft' fill their eyes, 
Their hearts well up and overflow 

At His great sacrifice. 
Some looking on may wonder why, 

But praised be God, I see, 
Before He left He told us to 

Remember Calvary. 

Before He left, He blessed the loaf; 

He blessed the chalice too. 
"This is My flesh," they heard Him say, 

"The blood I shed for you. 
Off as you will, do eat and drink, 

And so remember Me; 
Yes, in this way from loving hearts 

Remember Calvary." 



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Then soldiers nailed Him to a cross; 

A tomb became His bed, 
But death could not its prisoner hold; 

He rose up from the dead! 
When leaving for His Home above, 

He gave us this decree: 
"Tell all men that I died for them; 

Remember Calvary." 

Oft 1 times life's trials are so great; 

Its joys are so few, 
My heart is filled with this world ! s cares, 

So much of work to do; 
But then there comes within my heart 

A voice, 'tis His own plea, 
"My parting words, they were for you, 

•Remember Calvary. ' " 

And so I go to Jesus 1 cross 

And see Him die again; 
I see Him suffer there for me; 

For me He bears such pain. 
My heart is drawn once more to Him; 

This world means nought to me; 
Oh, I'm so glad for His last words, 

"Remember Calvary." 

Someday He's coming back again; 

I long for His return. 
With eager eyes I upward gaze; 

For Him my heart doth yearn. 
But 'til He comes I'll do His will 

And serve Him faithfully, 
And tell the world my Saviour said, 

"Remember Calvary." 

— Russell Stellwagon 

Selected by Leona Miller 



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HISTORICAL 

THE INQUISITION 

Innocent III (1198-1216). Most Powerful of all the 
Popes. Claimed to be "Vicar of Christ," "Vicar of 
God," "Supreme Sovereign over the Church and the World." 
Claimed the right to Depose Kings and Princes; and 
that "All things on earth and in heaven and in hell 
are subject to the Vicar of Christ." 

He brought the Church into Supreme Control of the 
State. The Kings of Germany, France, England , and 
practically all the Monarchs of Europe obeyed his will. 
He even brought the Byzantine Empire under his control. 
Never in history has any one man exerted more power. 

He ordered Two Crusades. Decreed Transubstantia- 
tion. Confirmed Auricular Confession. Declared that 
Peter's successor "can never in any way depart from 
the Catholic faith," Papal Infallibility. Condemned 
the Magna Charta. Forbade the Reading of the Bible in 
vernacular. Ordered the Extermination of Heretics. 
Instituted the Inquisition. Ordered the Massacre of 
the Albigenses. More Blood was shed under his direc- 
tion, and that of his immediate successors, than in 
any other period of Church History, except in the 
Papacy's effort to Crush the Reformation in the 16th 
and 17th centuries. One would think Nero, the Beast, 
had come to life in Name of the Lamb. 

The Inquisition, called the "Holy Office," was in- 
stituted by Pope Innocent III, and perfected under the 
second following Pope, Gregory IX. It was the Church 
Court for Detection and Punishment of Heretics. Under 
it everyone was required to inform against Heretics, 
anyone suspected was liable to Torture, without know- 
ing the name of his accuser. The proceedings were se- 
cret. The Inquisitor pronounced sentence, and the 
victim was turned over to Civil Authorities to be 
Imprisoned for Life, or to be Burned. The victim's 
property was confiscated, and divided between the 

Church and the State. 

In the period immediately following Pope Innocent 
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the Albigenses but also claimed vast multitudes of 
victims in Spain, Italy, Germany and the Netherlands, 

Later on the Inquisition was the main agency in the 
Papacy 1 s effort to Crush the Reformation. It is 
stated that in the 30 years between 1540 and 1570 no 
fewer than 900,000 Protestants were put to death in 
the Pope's war for the extermination of the Waldenses. 

Think of honks and Priests, in holy garments, di- 
recting, with Heartless Cruelty and Inhuman Brutality, 
the work of Torturing and Burning alive Innocent Men 
and Women, and doing it in the Name of Christ, by the 
direct order of the "Vicar of Christ." 

The Inquisition was the host Infamous and Devilish 
Thing in Human History. It was devised by Popes, and 
used by them for 500 years, to Maintain their Power. 
For Its record none of the subsequent line of "Holy" 
and "Infallible" Popes have ever apologized. 

From Hailey f s Bible H andbook 

OF THE MODE OF INQUISITION 

OVER THE BELIEVERS, 

ACCORDING TO THE ACCOUNT 

OF JEiiN PAUL PERRIN LI0NN0YS 

"As regards the deceitful course," says the trans- 
lator, "which the afore-mentioned inquisitors were wont 
to take In the execution of their office, we would have 
no knowledge, save what some believers who escaped the 
Spanish Inquisition, could have told us concerning it. 
But it was not the will of God that these, their wiles, 
should remain hid, and that we should obtain no copies 
thereof, written by themselves. Behold, then, the 
cunning artifices of the inquisitors, which served them 
for rules and instructions, in conducting the processes 
against the Waldenses. 

R8LSS OF THE INQUISITORS 

1 . It is not permitted or advisable to dispute con- 
cerning the faith in the presence of the laity. 

2. No one is to be regarded as converted, if he 
will not accuse all those whom he knows to be such as 
he is. 



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3i &*te>does not accuse those who are such as he is, 
must be severed from the church as a diseased member; 
that the sound members may not become corrupted by it. 

U* After any one is delivered to the secular 
judge, great care must be exercised, that he be not 
allowed to prove his innocence, or show his harmless- 
ness before the people; for if he Is put to death, 
the people will take offense; and if he is discharged, 
the (Catholic) faith will be endangered. 

5. Care must be taken not to promise his life, 
before the people, to him who is condemned to death 
(namely, if he indicates his willingness to become 
converted); seeing that no heretic would allow himself 
to be burned, if he could escape by such a promise; 
and if he should promise conversion before the people, 
and his life would not be granted him thereupon, the 
people would take offense at it, and think that he 
were put to death unjustly. 

6. Observe: The inquisitor must always take the 
deed for granted, without any consideration, .and ask 
questions only in regard to the circumstances of the 
matter, not saying: Have you made' confession to the 
heretics? but, How often have you made your confes- 
sion to the heretics? Again, do not ask: Have they 
slept In your house? but, In what room of your house 
did they sleep? and the like. 

7. The inquisitor may look into a book, as though 
he had noted down in It, the life and conduct of the 
accused, together with everything in regard to which 
he is interrogating him. 

8. The accused must be threatened with death, if 
he will not confess, and be told that his doom is 
sealed; that he must regard his soul, and, first of 
all, forsake his. heresy; "For," it shall be said, 
"you must die; accept with patience whatever shall 
befall you." If he then answer: "Since I must die, 

I would rather die in this my faith, than in the faith 
of the Roman church," rest assured, that previously 
he only pretended to be desirous of becoming converted; 
and therefore he must then be brought to justice. 

9. The thought is not to be entertained of over- 
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knowledge of the Scriptures, since the learned men are 
much sooner confounded by them; the result of which 
is, that the heretics are then still more confirmed 
and encouraged, seeing they thus outwit even those who 
are educated. 

10. It is to be well observed, that the heretics 
never speak right out, and that, when compelled by 
much questioning, they generally allege that they are 
simple and unlearned men, and, hence, know not how to 
answer; and that, seeing that the bystanders are moved 
to compassion for them, as though they were wronged, 
regarding them as simple and harmless people, they 
take courage from this and pretend to weep, as poor, 
miserable men, and, imploring their judges, make stren- 
uous efforts to free themselves from the inquisition, 
saying; "My Lords, if I have erred in any matter, I 
will gladly accept the penance for it; but assist me 

to free myself from this reproach, in which I have 
fallen through hatred and envy, without having trans- 
gressed. " 

But the courageous inquisitor must then in no wise 
be moved by such entreaties, nor give credit to such 
dissixaulations. 

11. horeover, the inquisitor shall announce to 
them beforehand, that they will gain nothing by swear- 
ing falsely (from necessity); since they (the lords) 
have matter enough to convict them by witnesses; and 
that therefore they need not think that by means of 
swearing they will escape sentence of death; but it 
must be promised them, that as far as they voluntarily 
confess their error, they shall obtain mercy; for in 
such perplexity many are found, who confess their er- 
rors, in order to escape. 

"Behold, n says the writer of this inquisition, 
"these are the cunning artifices formerly employed by 
the inquisitors throughout Europe, against the 
Waldenses." 

From Martyrs Mirror 



16 CHILDREN'S PAGE 

DANIEL 

When you think of Daniel , do you think of a young 
man being thrown into a lions 1 den? You may be sur- 
prised to learn that Daniel was a very old man, probably 
over 90 years old, when they tossed him to the lions I 
And the amazing way that the Lord saved Daniel from the 
lions was really no more amazing than many other things 
that happened to faithful Daniel. 

Daniel was a special witness for^God among people 
who worshipped idols. As a child he was brought with 
other captured Hebrews to the grand city of Babylon. 
There Daniel grew up, a man who refused to do evil. 

One night King Nebuchadnezzar dreamed a dream that 
troubled him very much. But when he awoke he could not 
remember his dream. He called for his wise men to help 
him' but they could not. Angrily he commanded that all 
the wise men should be killed. When Daniel heard that 
he and his friends would be killed he told the king 
that he would interpret the dream if he was given time. 
Then Daniel went to his three friends and together they 
prayed that God would help them. After the Lord ex- 
plained the secret to Daniel, Daniel went to the king 
and told him what his dream had been and what it meant. 
The king then made Daniel a great man and a ruler in 
his kingdom* 

But really Daniel was a great man long before the 
king knew about him. He was great because he "purposed 
in his heart that he would not defile himself," and be- 
cause he "set (his) heart to understand," and prayed 
for wisdom. And the wonderful thing is that God will 
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from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul." 1 Peter 2: 1 1 



LONGING FOR HOME 

As pants the hart for water brooks, 

So pants my soul for Thee, 
Oh when shall I behold Thy. face? 

When wilt Thou call for me? . 

How oft at night I turn mine eyes 

Toward my heavenly home, 
And long for that blest time when Thou, 

My Lord, shall bid me "Come." 

And yet I know that only those 

Thy blessed face shall see, 
Whose hearts are true and faithful, 

Whose lives are hid in Thee. 

And oh, my Master and my Lord, 

I know I'm far from meet 
With all Thy blessed saints in light 

To hold communion sweet. 

I know that those who share Thy throne 

Must in Thy likeness be, 
And all the Spirit's precious fruits 

In them the Father see. 

Lord grant me grace more patiently 
To strive with my poor heart, 

And wait Thy time to be with Thee 
And see Thee as Thou art. 

Author unknown 
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TOWARD BETTER SPEECH 

Jesus probably spoke with the accent of a Galilean. 
And we are sure that Peter did. Galilee , when Jesus 
was on earth, was not the best place to be from. It 
was poor country and the home of wretched people, ac- 
cording to the orthodox Judaeans. ("Can any good thing 
come out of Nazareth?") The speech of a Galilean iden*- 
tified Peter and was not an asset in Jerusalem. 

Part of our Christian testimony is our speech. 
While we know that words are of little value if our 
lives are not true, still speech from a true heart can 
be a vital tool for the cause of Christ. It can also 
be an instrument of evil. Our language can be eloquent, 
in perfect English^ and using the best choice of words 
but still useless as a Christian testimony. Or it can 
be simple and plain — perhaps even poorly pronounced — 
but from a heart of devotion and love, and of great 
value . 

Our speech can betray us and our inner thoughts just 
as surely as Peter 1 s speech identified him as a 
Galilean. Jesus told the Pharisees, ,r generation of 
vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? for 
out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh. 
A good man out of the good treasure of the heart 
bringeth forth good things: and an evil man out of the 
evil treasure bringeth forth evil things. But I say 
unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, 
They shall give account thereof in the day of judgment. 
For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy 
words thou shalt be condemned." (Matthew 12:34-37) 

James describes the tongue this way: "And the 
tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue 
among our members, that it defile th the whole body, and 
setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on 
fire of hell." (James 3:6) Perhaps the most common and 



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easiest way we can transgress against God and our 
fellowmen is with our tongues. James says in the same 
chapter (verse 2) ". . . If any man offend not in 
word, the same is a perfect man, and able also to 
bridle the whole body*" 

We would like to notice and discuss some ways in 
which we can easily "offend in word 5 ' and also some 
ways in which we can use our speech to the glory of 
God.. 

Gossip is the bad habit that Is common to men and 
women and perhaps nearly as prevalent among professing 
Christians as among the people of the world. We can 
even be led to believe that we are giving needed in- 
formation at times when the story really would be 
better untold. This little poem by an unknown author 
tells it so well: 

THREE GATES 

If I am tempted to reveal 

A tale someone to me has told 
About another , let it pass, 

Before I speak, three gates of gold. 

Three narrow gates: First, Is it true? 

Then, is it needful? In my mind 
Give truthful answer, and the next 

Is last and narrowest, Is it kind? 

And if, to reach my lips at last, 

It passes through these gateways, three, 

Then I may tell the tale, nor fear 
What the result of speech may be. 

May God help us to train our tongues in this important 
area. 

In Christian crowds we hear little of outright 
cursing, but most of us are guilty of using poor and 
unnecessary words. "Slang" seems to creep into the 
Christian's speech as a poor way to make a point or 
emphasize a thought. Many of the slang words are 
really substitutes for the harder swear words that 



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would be wrong and irreverent. Jesus said, "But, let 
your communication be, Yea, yea; Nay, nay: for whatso- 
ever is more than these cometh of evil." (Matthew 5:37) 

Many times we are willing to speak for the Lord and 
we fail because of lack of knowledge of the right 
words. We know God will help us if our hearts are 
right. Jesus told His disciples, when He sent them 
out, that they would be brought before governors and 
kings for His sake and that they should ". . . take 
no thought how or what ye shall speak; for it shall be 
given you in that same hour what ye shall speak. For 
it is not ye that speak, but the Spirit of your Father 
which speaketh in you." (Matthew 10:19-20) This is a 
comfort to know that we are not alone in our testimony, 
but God's Spirit will speak in us. But let us not use 
this as an excuse for not knowing God's Word. Paul 
writes in II Timothy 2:15, "Study to shew thyself ap- 
proved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be 
ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth." 

Just as harmful as the poor testimonies and poor 
words is the failure to speak when it is necessary. 
We tend to take Gain's lame excuse: "Am I my broth- 
er's keeper?" We are to warn and call and invite, and 
to be ready with an answer for those who enquire. The 
road maintenance men post signs, flashing signals, and 
even have flag men to warn of dangers in the road. 
How much more should we warn of the destruction ahead 
for those who will walk the broad way. 

I notice a tendency in myself to tell with enthu- 
siasm about a trip or a fire or some thrilling episode 
or experience. But when it comes to relating our joys 
in the lord, it is easy to keep still. We discuss at 
length peoples' sicknesses and troubles but how much 
their soul sicknesses and spiritual problems? Satan 
would have us keep still when we should speak. 

We can protest of our inability to speak, but God's 
answer to noses is His answer to us:. ". . . Who hath 
made man's mouth? or who maketh the dumb, or deaf, 
or the seeing, or the blind? have not I the Lord?" 
(Exodus 4:11) 



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James says that man can tame the beasts and ser- 
pents and birds, "But the tongue can no man tame- . ♦ " 
But we believe that God can tame our wild tongues and 
bring them in subjection to His will if we commit our 
way to Him. All these inabilities and mistakes and 
wrong words can be brought into subjection to the One 
Who made us. 

Psalm 35:28: "And my tongue shall speak of thy 
righteousness and of thy praise all the day long." 

Psalm 45:1: "• * .my tongue is the pen of a ready 
writer. " 

Psalm 1^5:10-12: "All thy works shall praise thee, 
Lord; and thy saints shall bless thee. They shall 
speak of the glory of thy kingdom, and talk of thy 
power} To make known to the sons of men his mighty 
acts, and the glorious majesty of his kingdom." — L.C. 



"L0, CHILDREN ARE. AN IffiRITAGh, OF TBE LORD" 
Psalm 127:3 

Isn't it a marvel, a child born into this world, 
so beautiful, so perfect? It amazes me how anyone 
could believe there isn't a Higher Power, a Greator. 
Now comes the thought of our responsibility in bring- 
ing them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord, 
(Ephesians 6:4) The meaning of "nurture" as found in 
Strong's Concordance : "Education or training; disci- 
plinary correction." The meaning of admonition: 
"Galling attention to, mild rebuke or warning." 

First, I will acknowledge that I could do better 
many times in the rearing of our children. Let us all 
fear the Lord, which is the beginning of wisdom. 
(Proverbs 9:10) Let us pray for each other and en- 
courage each other in the way of holiness. The most 
important thing In child raising is love. (God Is 
love.) A child must feel that we love him. If we 
love our children, we will bring them up in the nur- 
ture and admonition of the Lord. In the world — and 
sad to say in religious circles — we see many sad con- 
ditions. Children aren't loved, aren't disciplined j 



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parents have the idea the way to love is to give the 
child everything he wants. But really just the oppo- 
site is true. I believe obedience is very important 
for a child to learn, a child learns at a very early 
age what he can get by with. If, when we instruct, 
we follow it through and see that the child listens, 
he wiU grow up to be obedient. This Is very impor- 
tant in his later life and will help him to be obedi- 
ent to his school teacher, the law, and to his Lord. 

It is also a popular idea that to spank a child is 
wrong, and I believe it can be if done in anger and in 
the wrong spirit. But if done with firmness arid love 
it is of the Lord. "For whom the Lord loveth he 
chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth." 
(Hebrews 12:6) "Withhold not correction from the 
child: for if thou beatest him with the rod, he shall 
not die. Thou shalt beat him with the rod, and shalt 
deliver his soul from hell." (Proverbs 23:13,14-) 
Another thought in the rearing of children is to en- 
courage them to seek good companions. For we all are 
influenced more or less by the people we associate 
with. "Rid me, and deliver me from the hand of 
strange children, whose mouth speaketh vanity, and 
their right hand is a right hand of falsehood: That 
our sons may be as plants grown up in their youth; 
that our daughters may be as corner stones, polished 
after the similitude of a palace." (Psalm 144:11,12) 
As we try to nurture our children in the natural life 
with food, clothing, and shelter, let us also strive 
to nurture them spiritually by first showing a good 
example ourselves, and then by giving them the best 
that we can to help them spiritually. 

Here is a writing I have enjoyed and want to pass 
on. 

CHILDREN LEARN WHAT THEY LIVE 

If a child lives with criticism 

He learns to condemn; 
If he lives with hostility 

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If a child lives with ridicule 

He learns to be shy; 
If a child lives with shame 

He learns to feel guilty; 
If a child lives with tolerance 

He learns to be patient; 
If a child lives with encouragement 

He learns confidence; 
If a child lives with praise 

He learns to appreciate; 
If a child lives with fairness 

He learns justice; 
If a child lives with security 

He learns to have faith; 
If a child lives with approval 

He learns to like himself; 
If a child lives with acceptance and 
friendship 

He learns to find love in the world. 

— Author unknown 



In Christian love, 
Kenneth Garber 
Hughson , California 



HAVING A BRAZILIAN GIRL IN OUR HOME 

We have a Brazilian girl, 19 years of age, living 
with us since April to help us learn the Portuguese 
language. Her name Is Rachel in English and Raquel 
in Portuguese. She works Monday through Friday; then 
ye take her home on Friday night or Saturday morning. 

While mentioning her name I might add that each 
child in a family has a different first name; their 
middle names are all the same and that is their 
mother's maiden name. Then, of course, their last 
name is their father 1 s last name. You call people by 
their first names here, like Senhor Wade, Senhora 
Violet or Dona Violet. They use a lot of Bible names, 
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When she started working, we thoroughly cleaned the 
house. When we'd clean the closets or drawers she'd 
look and wonder in amazement of how many things we had 
until I was a little embarrassed. While she was wash- 
ing dishes one day 1 thought I'd clean some in the 
living room but every time I would take something else 
out she'd come over to look to see what it was or look 
through the door. I really became aware of how much 
we're used to having, so I started cleaning the drawers 
and closets on Saturdays while she wasn't working. 

She told me one day, "the weeks go so fast here that 
before I know it, it's Friday already." When I asked 
her why, she said, "At home we have the morning snack 
of coffee and something sweet; then clean the house, 
wash the clothes and have it done by around 9:30; then 
we begin to fix our 11 :00 meal of rice and beans, etc." 
They wash the dishes and have the rest of the day to 
themselves until supper. I asked her why both of us 
keep busy and still some days we don't get our work 
done. She said, "Why, because you have all of these 
things. You have ceilings and they have to be kept 
clean and shined, you have colored cement floors or 
floor coverings and you have to sweep, mop and wax 
them and our dirt floor you just sweep* You have 
windows to wash and a stick house doesn't have windows. 
You have walls to keep clean, all your furniture to 
keep clean and shined, cupboards to clean, light fix- 
tures to clean and so on and on and on." 

The Brazilians never mix salts and sweets at a meaL 
They eat some sweets between meals but never at a meal 
with salt foods . We think we have to have a complete 
diet and variety at every meal and they eat mostly rice 
and beans and maybe another dish. 

We enjoy Rachel and she fits into our family very 
well.. She is a good gardner, worker and teacher of 
Portuguese because she's had five years of schooling. 
We see often times how much differently we're used to 
doing things but we don't let that become a problem as 
each of us give and take. 

I was made to wonder how God is the most pleased 
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have more time for our fellow men and other things , 
or have things more comfortable and pleasing to the 
eye which requires more work to keep things done as 
they ought to be? 

— Violet Flora 
Rio Verde 
Goias, Brazil 



DAYS AND YEARS 

Sometimes my days have seemed like years 

And crept along on leaden feet 

In slow procession one by one 

Like muffled drums with steady beat. 

To look ahead the marching years 
Seemed long, beyond the strength to run; 
My weary heart grew faint to think 
The journey only just begun. 

For 3/ounger years and smaller faith 
Made patience hard to grasp and hold, 
And fevered strivings marred my peace; 
My trust in God seemed faint and cold. 

But day by day I held His hand 

And looked to Him with trusting eyes. 

I could not see my steps ahead 

But simply said, M My God is wise — 

He sees my life from start to end; 
He knows the way my feet must go. 
Sometimes in sunny fields of joy, 
But often through the vales of woe." 

Sometimes on some steep trail I'd pause 
To rest — and looking back I'd see, 
With eyes made clean by washing tears, 
The reason why things had to be. 



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So through the years my feet walked on 
And climbed the rugged hills each day. 
New strength came softly — slow but true 
As God in mercy led the way. 

Now from the heights of later years 
My eyes look backward through the mists; 
Far down the mountain, ridge on ridge , 
Life like a ribbon turns and twists. 

Though even yet some pain remains; 
Some shadows never seem to fade; 
Yet through it all my God was good I 
And oh, the change His love has made I 

My soul has felt such floods of joy, 
Such swelling, all consuming bliss, 
Till words grow faint and tongue is still j 
No song could tell the depth of this I 

Oh Lord! My God I What have You yet, 
In some fair land in store for me — 
To make e ! en this seem pale and dim 
Compared to that which is to be? 

— Vera Miller 



BAPTISM 

We were made to rejoice again once more when another 
precious soul, Lois Coning, requested Christian baptism 
which was administered October 1. 

— Elmer Brovont 



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Now when the sun was setting, all they that had any 
sick with divers diseases brought them unto him; and 
he healed them. — Luke 4? 40 

(L.M.) 
At even when the sun was set 
The sick, Lord around Thee lay 
in what divers pains they met! 
with what joy they went away. 

Once more 'tis eventide, and we, 
Oppressed with various ills, draw near; 
What if Thy form we cannot see? 
We know and feel that Thou art here. 

Saviour Christ, our woes dispel, 
For some are sick, and some are sad, 
And some have never loved Thee well, 
And some have lost the love they had. 

And some are pressed with worldly cares, 
And some are tried with sinful doubt, 
And some such grievous passions tear 
That only Thou canst cast them out. 

And some have found the world is vain, 
Yet from the world they break not free, 
And some have friends that give them pain, 
Yet have not sought a friend in Thee. 

And none, Lord, have perfect rest 
For none are wholly free from sin, 
And they who fain would serve Thee best 
Are conscious most of wrong within. 

Saviour Christ, Thou too wert man; 
Thou hast been troubled, tempted, tried. 
Thy kind but searching glance can scan 
The very wounds that shame would hide. 

Thy touch has still its ancient power; 
No word from Thee can fruitless fall. 
Here in this solemn evening hour 
And in Thy mercy heal us all. 

By Henry Twells (1823-1900) 
Selected by Esther Wagner from the Au stralian Hymn Book 



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HISTORICAL 
JOHN HUSS (1370-1415) 

"During the latter days of John Wycliffe, a youth 
was growing up in an obscure village of Bohemia, who 
was destined to bear, in his turn, the torch of truth, 
and to transmit it with a martyr ! s hand to a long suc- 
cession of disciples — and he was worthy of the heaven- 
ly office, John of Huss, or Hussinetz, was very early 
distinguished by the force and acuteness of his under- 
standing, the modesty and gravity of his demeanor, the 
rude and irreproachable austerity of his life* A 
thoughtful and attenuated countenance, a tall and some- 
what emaciated form, an uncommon mildness and affabil- 
ity of manner added to the authority of his virtues 
and the persuasiveness of his eloquence. The Univer- 
sity of Prague, at that time extremely flourishing, 
presented a field for the expansion of his great 
Qualities; in the year 1401 he was appointed president, 
or dean, of the philosophical faculty, and was ele- 
vated, eight years afterwards, to the rectorship of 
the University.," (Waddington r s "History of the Church") 

About this time the University was torn by a bitter 
dispute between the German majority of the students 
and faculty and the native Bohemians. John Huss up- 
held his countrymen's cause , taking the side of the 
"realists" against the "nominalists". In this dispute 
he made some lifelong enemies, A great number of 
German students and teachers withdrew from the Univer- 
sity and held the deep hatred they had for the leader 
of their opposition, John Huss. 

The teachings of John Viycliffe had been brought to 
Bohemia from England some time before, and Huss now be- 
gan to uphold them more openly. He did not agree with 
Wycliffe on many important points as he upheld more of 
the traditions of the Church. But he did hold high 
the truth of the scriptures, and taught and wrote much 
in the language of the common people. And he taught 
against the corruption and abuses among the clergy as 






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Wycliffe had done. In Bohemia, also, the Church was 
rich, and Wycliffe *s teachings found favor among some 
of the rulers as well as the peasants. 

In 1410, as a result of his outspoken support of 
Wycliffe T s doctrines, John Huss was accused and excom- 
municated by John XXIII. This had little effect upon 
Huss as he had so much support from his people, and 
the papacy was weakened by two rival popes both claim- 
ing the position. Huss preached regularly in Bethlehem 
Chapel in Prague in the language of the common people. 
The case against him was dropped for a time until this 
pope issued a sale of indulgences to finance his claim 
to the throne against Gregory XII. Huss publicly de- 
nounced this sale of indulgences and refused to re- 
tract his statements even after three men had been ex- 
ecuted for the same offence* He continued to teach 
Wycliffe 1 s doctrines — especially the opinion that the' 
faithful need not obey papal commands that conflict 
with the laws of Christ. 

Finally, by recruest of the king, Huss left Prague 
and spent two years in the country where he found more 
time to write and preach. Here he composed his most 
famous writing, "The Treatise on the Church. " Ha 
thought that the papacy would be so occupied with 
their own struggle that his case would be Ignored, and 
he could live In peace. 

But in 1414? a council was called at Constance to 
discuss church unity, reform, and questions of hereby. 
John Huss was summoned to appear. Although he had no 
faith in the justice of the pcpe, he hoped for a fair 
trial at this council before the prelates of the 
Church. He was promised by the emperor Segismchd ' 
"safe conduct" to Constance, during his stay there, 
and for his trip back to his country. However, as 
soon as he arrived in Constance he was arrested and 
held as a prisoner. His supporters managed to obtain 
three public hearings for him where he was allowed to 
defend himself. But the council was composed of many 
of his enemies who were prejudiced against him. He 
was asked both publicly and privately to recant and 
save his life, but he refused to even though weakened 



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by sickness ♦ Some time passed before Huss was sen- 
tenced, and he commented; "God, in His wisdom, has 
reasons for prolonging my life. He wishes to give me 
time to weep for my sins, and to console myself in this 
protracted trial by the hope of their remission. He 
has granted me this interval, that, through meditation 
on the sufferings of Christ Jesus, I may become better 
Qualified to support my own." 

The Czeck word "hus" means "goose", and one of Huss* 
friends wrote home from Constance that "the Goose was 
not yet cooked." We still use this phrase in our time. 

On the morning of July 6, 1415 Huss was again 
brought before the Council in its fifteenth session. 
His accusation and sentence were read: "That for sev- 
eral years John Huss has seduced and scandalized the 
people by the dissemination of many doctrines manifest- 
ly heretical, and condemned by the Church, especially 
those of John Wiclif . That he has obstinately trampled 
upon the keys of the Church and the ecclesiastical cen- 
sures. That he has appealed to Jesus Christ as sov- 
ereign judge, to the contempt of the ordinary judges of 
the Church; and that such appeal was injurious, scan- 
dalous, and made in derision of ecclesiastical author- 
ity. That he has persisted to the last in his errors, 
, and even maintained them in full Council. It is there- 
fore ordained that he be publicly deposed and degraded 
from holy orders, as an obstinate and incorrigible 
heretic. . ." Huss was then stripped of his priestly 
clothes, his hair was cut, a cup was symbolically taken 
from his hands, and a paper cap marked with demons was 
placed on his head. His soul was then assigned to the 
demons, and he was turned over to the state for execu- 
tion. On the same day he was burned at the stake say- 
ing: "Lord Jesus, I endure with humility this cruel 
death for thy sake; and I pray thee to pardon all my 
enemies." 

It appears that the way John Huss spoke out was not 
so uncommon. In fact, denunciations of the pope and 
abuses by the Church were spoken in the very council in 
which Huss was condemned. But he had bitter enemies 
from the dispute at the University besides from the 



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hierarchy of the Church. The fact that he continued 
to uphold Wycliffe ! s doctrines was against him as 
these were considered heretical. He also taught that 
tithes should be strictly voluntary and not levied as 
a tax as was commonly done. He taught that the cup 
of the communion should be offered to the laity in- 
stead of only the priests. These and other doctrines 
gave his enemies occasion to demand his death. 

The Bohemian countrymen of John Huss were indignant 
at his unfair trial and execution. Followers of his 
known as Hussites persistantly carried on his work and 
teachings in spite of persecution and repeated mili- 
tary crusades against them. 

Huss wrote his conclusions about death: t! It is 
better to die well than to live ill. One should not 
flinch before the sentence of death. To finish life 
in grace is to go away from pain and misery. He who 
fears death loses the joy of life. Above all else 
truth triumphs. He conquers who dies, because nc 
adversity can hurt the one over whom iniauity holds 
not sway.' 1 — L.C. 

(information from Waddington r s "History of the 
Church" , Mosheim T s "Ecclesiastical History" and 
"Encyclopaedia Brittanica" . ) 

COMMJNION NOTICES 

The Salida Congregation of the Old Brethren Church 
have agreed, the Lord willing, to hold our Fall Love- 
feast on October 14 & 15 • A hearty invitation and 
welcome is extended to all of our members and friends 

to attend. ^ . „ _ , t , „ 

—Daniel F. Wolf 

We, the Old Brethren of the Eastern District have 
agreed, the Lord willing, to hold our Fall Love feast 
on the 4th and 5th of November at the -Wakarusa Meeting 
House, A hearty invitation and welcome is extended 
to all of our members and friends to attend. 

— Elmer Brovont 



16 CHILDREN'S PAGE 

THE ART OF SMILIKG 

! Tis easy enough to be pleasant, 

When life flows by like a song, 

But the one worthwhile 

Is the one who smiles 

When everything goes dead wrong. 

For the test of the heart is trouble, 
And that always comes with years, 
But the smile that is worth 
All the praise of the earth 
Is the smile that smiles through tears. 

Author unknown 
Sent by Brent Flora, Rio Verde, Goias, Brazil 

STOP AND THINK! 

Harsh words like chickens love to stray; 
Take them home to roost each day; : 
If you have angry words to say, 
Stop and think L 

The world will judge you by your deeds; 
They may be flowers fair or weeds; 
Before you plant these tiny seeds, 
Stop and think I 

God gave us each a heart of song, 
A brain to reason right from wrong, 
So when temptation gets too strong, 
Stop and think 1 

Author unknown 

Sent by Ted Flora, Rio Verde, Goias, Brazil 



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n Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain 
from fleshly lusts, which war against the. soul." 1 Peter 2: 1 1 



LORD, WE THANK THEE 

Lord, we thank Thee for the seal 

That prompted those of old, 
To children Jesus to reveal, 

His love for them unfold. 

We thank Thee for the faith they showed, 

Their patience, courage, art, 
For talent, time and love bestowed, 

To teach the dear child's heart. 

We praise Thee for the precious seed 

That thus was freely sown; 
For souls thus snatched from Satan* s greed, 

And made for e'er Thine own. 

We praise Thee for the Bible taught 

So many precious years; 
For all the good the learners wrought 

In busy life's careers. 

We pray Thee for the faith and love 
That moved these servants rare; 

That when we come to Thee above, 
We may Thy glory share. 

Refrain: We praise Thee for Thy precious Wcrd 
That guides us on our way, 
The sweetest message ever heard, 
That cheers us day by day. 

— E. F. Weist 



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REMEMBERING WITH THANKSGIVING 



"0 give thanks unto the Lord; call upon his name: 
make known his deeds among the people... 

"Remember his marvellous works that he hath done..* 11 

—Psalm 105:1,5 

Remembering Is an essential part of thanksgiving. 
Like other failures of our human nature , we forget 
things we should remember and remember things we should 
forget. The Psalmist calls on Israel to remember the 
marvellous works of God and be thankful. In the remain- 
der of Psalm 105 he remembers and recounts some of the 
acts of God to that privileged nation. 

It might be well if we could do the same. We could 
think back over our personal lives and remember some of 
the good things that have happened to us. And, of course, 
we don ! t believe that they just "happened 11 . We believe 
that " Every good gift and every perfect gift is from 
above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with 
whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning." 
(James 1:17) 

We could do this remembering also about our families, 
about our church fellowship, and about our nation. Many 
times when we talk and think about the past, it is re- 
garding the calamities, the losses, the failures and 
disappointments. Some of these things would be better 
forgotten. But may we at this thanksgiving season remem- 
ber a few of the blessings, the successes, the happy 
times, the victories. And when we remember, let us 
give God thanks. 

Personally, I am thankful for one particular day of 
decision In my life. It was one Lord ! s day, and the 
sermon seemed to apply exactly to me. When we sang the 
song, "There is a Fountain Filled With Blood," I decided 
I wanted the cleansing of the fountain where one could 
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Today I an thankful for our Saviour whose blood 
flowed to supply that fountain. I thank God for His 
great love that brought it about and made it available 
to me, and for the family and Church where God reveals 
His will through His Word and nurtures His children. 
I thank God that there was a time and a place provided x 
where this happened and that there were brethren willing 
to speak for God, give the Gospel invitation, and carry 
out the Gospel baptism. I am glad there was a saint 
who wrote that hymn. I am thankful for God's continual 
grace that enables us tc live acceptable lives each ddy. 

Yes, there are things for us to remember but also 
things to forget, the failures, the conflicts, the 
disappointments, the evil influences of the adversary. 
Paul writes, "Forgetting those things which are behind..." 
We cannot change them. We can only commit them in humil- 
ity and submission to a faithful and merciful Heavehly 
Father who is able to forgive and forget because cf 
the wonderful Son that He sent into the world to make 
the atonement for our sins. 

Let us remember the marvellous works that He has 
done for all of us. Satan cannot imitate them or pro- 
vide any satisfactory substitute though he may try. 
The false values many times are but cheap imitations 
cf the true. Satan would offer to us physical thrills 
and selfish satisfactions in place of the deep joys of 
peace with God and faith in Him. The people of Jeremi- 
ah's time had tried Satan's substitutes. Jeremiah gave 
them God's Wordr !, Hath a nation changed their gods 
which are yet no gods? but my people have changed their 
glory for that which doth not profit... For my people 
have committed two evils; they have forsaken me the 
fcuntain of living waters, and hewed them out cisterns, 
broken cisterns, that can hold no water." (Jer. 2:11,13) 
So it will be if we forsake the true Source of all good. 
We have no place to go but to the false and to that 
which doth not profit. 

So let us remember God's works and blessings and 
respond in thanksgiving, not only this season, but 
every day God gives us to live here. — L.C. 



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parental responsibility 

One of the most direct responsibilities of any par- 
ent is the proper instruction of their children. God's 
confidence in Abraham in Genesis 18 was based on the 
knowledge that he would properly command his children 
and household. Gould He safely have such confidence 
in us? 

There is no way those of us with children can shift 
or escape this responsibility. We may say that we are 
too busy to take more time with them, or that we just 
don't have much ability along that line. These or any 
other attempts to escape our duty are only excuses and 
will not be acceptable in the judgment day. The Lord 
would not have given children to you or me without also 
providing the proper amount of time and ability for 
their care and instruction. 

The apostle Paul tells us the mother's place is in 
the home, and he says in one place that she is to 
"guide the house". Can you as a mother fill this place 
while working away from home? How about fathers? 
Should we not diligently seek occupations where we can 
work with and instruct our children? The Word tells 
us: f, And these words, which I command thee this day, 
shall be in thine heart: And thou shalt teach them 
diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them 
when thou sittest In thine house, and when thou walkest 
by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou 
risest up. n (Deuteronomy 6:6-7) How can a father do 
this effectively when he works away from home most of 
the time? I know the pay is often higher and the head- 
aches fewer with a factory job, but where are our val- 
ues? How would you compare the value of a child's 
soul to temporal things? Is an easy job or high pay 
worth more? The Bible tells us one soul Is worth more 
than the whole world. 

I would like to consider three main areas of our 
instruction of our children: example, teaching, and 
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EXAMPLE 

The most effective way to teach something is by 
example. When Jesus wanted to impress His followers 
of an important principle He taught by example, as 
foot washing, baptism, etc. We know what He meant for 
us to do because He not only told us, but He also 
showed us. 

To effectively teach by example we must be the kind 
of person we want our child to become. Do you suppose 
anyone can effectively instruct his children to avoid 
the evils of tobacco while he is addicted to this de- 
grading habit? Gan we teach our children to keep 
Christ first in their lives if our actions show that 
material possessions, popularity, or some other thing 
is first in ours? I know that far too often when my 
children show anger, impatience, or other evidence .of 
the carnal nature, it is but a reflection of what they 
have observed in me. Far too often our actions speak 
so loudly that they make our words ineffective. Sure- 
ly we all need to have our lives more filled with the 
fruits of the Spirit so our children will have safer, 
examples to follow. Above all we need to continually 
direct them to the perfect example. 

TEACHING 

Notice when the Bible speaks on training and in- 
structing children it speaks primarily to parents. 
As parents we are responsible for what we teach or 
allow to be taugh t to our children I Many seem to 
think that children can receive their religious teach- 
ing at church, secular teaching at the public school, 
and anything those two miss they can learn from the 
children they associate with. Do you not realize that 
you and I will have to answer in judgment for any 
error we allow others to teach them! 

In order to properly carry out the Bible's teach- 
ings each of us needs to be a part of the community of 
believers where children will receive good teaching at 
church. This does not relieve us of the need for 
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The State would like us to believe it is their 
right to give our children secular education. This 
is false. The Bible teaches that it Is parents' duty 
to provide or oversee all of their child's training, 
religious or secular. Can you control what is taught 
to your children in the public schools? Can you see 
to it that their teachers will not be atheists, evolu- 
tionists, immoral or unqualified in some other way? 
Very unlikely. In a private school we can control 
what is taught and by whom. 

The State not only tolerates us to exercise this 
privilege but also grudgingly admits that it is our 
right. I know it costs more, but what better use 
could we put our money to? I also know there is risk 
of a private school getting out of control, but the 
public school is already far out of control. It 
teaches our children gross untruth about our origin 
and the creation. It also exposes them to all kinds 
of vice and sin. With proper direction and control 
we can safely operate private schools. 

I believe there has been much loss of valuable 
souls because many Christians have allowed the State 
to take over this phase of their children's training. 
If you send your child to the public school surely it 
is time to seriously and prayerfully reconsider this 
area of your responsibility as a parent! 

ENVIRONMENT 

In this area I am thinking of the material things 
we surround ourselves with, and our social contacts, 
and the community in which we live. 

It has been said that one generation's luxuries be- 
come the next generation's necessities. If we build 
fine houses and fill them with all the comforts and 
conveniences available, how can we in a meaningful way 
teach our children about self denial? 

What about the reading material we have in our 
homes? The papers and books we have available will 
influence our children's thinking. Does what you have 
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clear conscience have a daily paper with all its sen- 
sationalism, movie ads, and comics available for them 
to read? Will this encourage good thoughts and seri- 
ous-mindedness? 

The Bible tells us that Lot was a righteous mar- 
He no doubt tried to properly instruct his children. 
Why then was the end result so discouraging? No doubt 
their social contacts and the low moral condition of 
the community had a large part to do with it. A pronw 
inent Mennonite writer once put it something like 
this: "If you would have godly children, keep them 
from ungodly children." We surely need to do our best 
to provide good companions and surroundings for our 
children. Remember we have only one chance to proper- 
ly train our children. 

I took a piece of plastic clay 
And idly fashioned it one day, 
And as my fingers pressed it still, 
It moved and yielded at my will* 
I came again when days were past; 
The bit of clay was hard at last; 
The form 1 gave it still it bore, 
But I could change that form no more. 

I took a piece of living clay 

And gently fashioned it day by day, 

And molded with my power and ar^, 

A young child's soft and yielding heart. 

I came again when years were gone; 

It was a man I looked upon; 

The form I gave him still he bore, 

But I could change that form no more. 

—Author unknown 

May we as parents fulfill our responsibility so we 
will be prepared to give account for the preci:us 
souls of our children is my prayer. 

— James Beerv 

Nappanee, Indiana 



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LET'S GOUNT OUR BLESSINGS 

We are made to realize more since living in Brazil 
how many blessings each of us has. We really can't 
count all of them because God has given us so many. 
We are made to realize that a lot of the things we 
take for granted are actually blessings, and how rich- 
ly God has blessed us and how thankful we ought to be 
for God's mercy to us. 

First in our life, how did God see fit to place us 
in a Christian home where our parents loved us, cared 
for us and taught us about God and His Holy Word from 
little up? Our parents offered up many prayers for us 
that we might turn to God arm repent of our sins and 
hold out faithful to our Heavenly Father unto the end. 
Where would we be today if we'd not had this wonderful 
blessing, and why did God choose us to have It so good 
in life? 

Can we realize how terrible it would be to not know 
God's Word or having never heard it or not being able 
to talk to God each day and ask Him for strength and 
guidance through another day? No Heavenly Father to 
lay all our cares and troubles on, knowing He cares for 
us? 

I took an education for granted but I realize it's 
a wonderful blessing to be able to have gone to school 
to learn to read and write, etc. Can we imagine not 
being able to read God's Word for ourselves, not being 
able to write our names and just use an X or a thumb- 
print for our signature? We appreciate the sacrifices 
our parents made to send us to school. 

Do we truly thank God from our hearts for each meal 
and that we have plenty to feed our children? We don't 
have to hear them cry from hunger and beg for food and 
not have anything to give them. We see children beg- 
ging for food here and some look so hungry and thin and 
of course others just beg for candy and pop. I've won- 
dered how I would feel if I was cooking the last bite 
of food in the house and knew I couldn't go to the 
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be, because God has always supplied us with an abun- 
dance of food. The natives have no way of preserving 
food, so when they see our canned food shelves they 
think it looks like a grocery store. 

I've also been made to realize what a privilege it 
is to be able to work and appreciate our parents f 
teaching us. We had a wealthy girl around 25 years 
of age who was in our home a couple of days to see how 
it would be for her to live with us and help us to, 
learn the Portuguese language. We've found out the 
women from wealthy families don't do any housework but 
hire maids to do all the work in the house and wait on 
them. The only thing she knew how to do was office 
work. She'd had ten years of schooling, and for down 
here that is a lot. She said she didn't know how to 
cook, sew, clean or wash clothes. It was quite a 
shock to me at first, but later I pitied her. I 
thought how boring to go through life always having 
someone to do all of our work and someone to wait on 
us. That might sound nice for a couple of days but' 
would we enjoy it every day? 

Are we thankful for our homes or do we complain 
about this or that, never satisfied with what we have? 
We see lots of stick houses here with thatch or tile 
roofs. They put mud and manure between the sticks or 
plastic fertilizer sacks tacked on the outside to make 
it more air tight. Some homes have dirt floors and 
some cement. One home we visited was a stick house, 
thatch roof, and dirt floor. To one side of the house 
was a place for chickens. There was also a little 
bedroom with a bed of sticks and straw or grass on top 
of them. They had a bench in the main little room and 
a hammock for the baby and a stove of mud and stones 
and a few dishes and pans. When they moved to this 
home they had everything they owned in two small suit- 
cases. They were happy and made everyone feel welcome 
and wanted to share what they had. 

Are we thankful that we have plenty to wear? I've 
had to take notice to how many clothes we were used to 
having compared to the people here. Comparing the 
price of clothing here to the poor man's wage, we see 



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it Is hard for them to buy many clothes because some 
have all they can do just to buy encugh to eat. We 
see them wear clothes that most of us would have used 
for rags a long time ago. Sometimes it*s patch upon 
patch and sometimes it's just one big patch. Usually 
they have one good set of clothes and maybe two 
dresses that are good. 

I'd like to bring in an incident here that happened 
the other day. We were cleaning out the shop and 
threw away a couple of empty gallon paint cans. Our 
hired man's wife was here at the time. I stepped on 
one to mash it before putting it in the trash and she 
looked at me like that was terrible. She picked the 
other one up and I asked her if she wanted it. She 
said, "Yes," and seemed so pleased with it. She 
cleaned it up to use it for a bucket. I wondered just 
how many more things we T ve been used to throwing away 
when someone else would be glad for them. 

Are we thankful for our religious freedom, realiz- 
ing that freedom is a blessing and not something that 
everyone has enjoyed down through the years? 

Can we begin to realize just how. richly blessed we 
are? We could go on and on. We as Americans don't 
realize how the rest of the world lives, and I can say 
it's been good experience for me to see the different 
ways of life, and it has made me more aware of my 
blessings. Things that I might have fretted about in 
the past seem so insignificant now. 

May we go forth with a song of praise on our lips 
for God's many blessings and for the great love He has 
for each of us. 

— Violet Flora 

Rio Verde, Goias, Brazil 

ADDRESS CHANGE 

Wade Flora's C.P. 130 

76200 Rio Verde 



BIRTH 
ROYER - A daughter, Abigail Ann, born October 18 tc 
Rex and Janice Royer of ' Nappanee, Indiana. 



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OBITUARY 

CLYDE MARION FLORA, son of Lloyd and Bertha (Lowe) 
Flora, was born January 2, 1922 near toonti cello, 
Indiana. He departed this life in hope of a better 
one on September 30, 1978 at his home near Rockfield, 
Indiana at the age of 56 years, 8 months and 28 days. 

In February, 1947, feeling the need of his Saviour, 
putting his faith and trust in Him, he received 
Christian baptism, to which faith he declared till 
death. He was a loving member of the Old Brethren 
Church. 

He was united in holy matrimony to Ruth Lavy on 
April 6, 194-7. To this union were born one son and 
one daughter. Surviving are his loving companion; his 
son, Calvin Marion; his daughter, Irene Marie Pyle; an 
adopted son, Terry Lee; his mother, Bertha (Lowe) 
Flora; 2 brothers, Fred F. and Lloyd Ivan; 2 sisters, 
Vanna Flory and Audrey Lavy; and $ grandchildren be- 
sides a host of friends and relatives. Preceding him 
in death were his father, Lloyd C. and one brother, 
Calvin . 

He grew up and spent most of his life in Carroll 
County, Indiana as a farmer. He enjoyed his vocation 
of farming and worked hard, feeling his life and con- 
duct were the testimony of his faith. He was a man of 
few words, always manifesting a spirit of loving pa- 
tience even in his lingering illness. He was very de- 
voted to his family and always interested in their 
lives, desiring them to be close by. 

In September of 1977, desiring to find the cause of 
his failing health, he went to Mayo Clinic where they 
found he was suffering from a malignant brain tumor. 
From this time his health gradually declined and, re- 
alizing his condition, he called for the anointing 
which gave him much comfort. 

He will be greatly missed by all who knew him, but 
our loss is his eternal gain. 

Following a short service at the home, the funeral 
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Baptist meeting-house at 1 0; 00 a.m. by Brethren Mollis 
Flora, Kenneth Martin, Melvin Coning, and Claude Boone. 
Words of comfort and encouragement were given from the 
Scriptures. Thoughts from Psalm 90 were given at the 
home. Scriptures from John 11:25,26 and I Thessalonians 
4:13,14- were used with theme: "For if we believe that 
Jesus died and rose again. n If we grasp the depth of 
this belief it will transform our lives and we can 
look forward to life after death with glorious antici- 
pation. 

Hymns used were 403 at the home; 384, 393, and 385 
at the meeting house; and 456, 46O and 483 at the 
cemetery. Burial was made in the Wise Cemetery near 
Camden. 

OUR DEAR BROTHER CLYDE 

Our dear Brother Clyde, we hear you have died 

And left this world of sorrow; 
While we are still here to cry the sad tear, 

And follow you tomorrow. 

Our dear Brother Clyde, we know you have tried 

To serve the lord, and be true; 
And we hope and pray that we may some day 

Praise Him forever with you. 

Our dear Brother Clyde, as from far and wide, 

We gather to remember you; 
We think of your smile, knowing all the while, 

For you no more we can do. 

Our dear Brother Clyde, your life you did hide 

In the life of God's dear Son; 
Who died on the cross to save us from loss, 

To redeem us, every one. 

Our dear Brother Clyde, in the cold hillside, 

Your body we now bury; 
From the earth it came to return the same 

In the old cemetery. 

Our dear Brother Clyde, you have left our side, 
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But Jesus shall save and call from the grave , 
And give life forevermore. 

Our dear Brother Clyde , for you we have cried , 

Because love's ties are broken; 
It has pained our heart to know we must part, 

Our grief cannot be spoken. 

Our dear Brother Clyde , may you still abide 

Secure in God's rest and love; 
And may we all rise to receive the prize 

To reign with the blest above. 

Written in loving memory of our dear Brother in 
the faith, Glyde Flora, who passed away after a lin- 

g erin S il Iliess ' -Hollis ELora 

LOVING KINDNESS 

Awake, my soul, to joyful lays, 
And sing thy great Redeemer's praise; 
He justly claims a song from me, 
His loving-kindness, oh, how freei 

He saw me ruined in the fall, 
Yet loved me not withstanding all; 
He saved me from my lost estate, 
His loving-kindness, oh, how great I 

Though numerous hosts of mighty foes, 
Though earth and hell my way oppose, 
He safely leads my soul along, 
His loving-kindness, oh, how strong I 

— Samuel Medley 



BAPTISM 

Once more we were made to rejoice with Heaven when 
two mere precious souls requested and received Chris- 
tian Baptism — Lois Coning on October 1 and Rose Etta 

Flora on October 22. „ 

— Elmer Brovont 



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HISTORICAL 

LEONHARD SCHOENER, A.D. 1528; 
AND AFTER HIM ABOUT SEVENTY OTHERS 

In the year 1528, Leonhard Schoener of Becklasburg 
was apprehended. He was a minister of God, and was 
well versed in the holy Scriptures, and also in the 
Latin language. He faithfully taught the true baptism 
of Christ and His apostles, the true Lord's Supper, and 
the articles of the Christian faith; yea, the Word of 
God. He also testified against Infant baptism, the 
abominable sacrament, and other abominations of anti- 
christ. He had originally been a barefoot friar for 
about six years, but beholding the impurity, wantonness, 
hypocrisy (Matthew 7:1 5), and viciousness of the monks 
and priests, and judging their lives by the Word of 
God, he left the monastery at Judenburg, in Austria, 
and went to Nurenberg, learned the tailor's trade, and 
then traveling about as journeyman tailor, he came to 
Nulasberg, in Austria. There he heard of Balthasar 
Heubmer and his baptism, and learned that a number of 
the same faith formed a little society at Veyen. He 
sought them out, came to them, heard them, and, led 
thither by Oswald, was baptised. After this he went to 
Steyen to work at his trade; where he taught and bap- 
tized, having been elected teacher by them; and thus 
teaching and baptizing, he proceeded through Bavaria, 
as far as Rothenburg, in the valley of the Inn; where 
he was apprehended for his faith, disputed much with 
his oppose rs, and was examined. Previous to this he 
proposed: that, if they regarded his faith and doc- 
trine as wrong and heretical, they should produce 
learned persons, doctors, monks and priests, to dispute 
with him concerning the matter. Should he, in disput- 
ing on true scriptural grounds, be found to be in the 
wrong, they should punish him as unrighteous; and for 
still further confirmation of the truth, he offered, in 
order to confirm his assertion and his writings, that, 
if any of the learned could convince him with the truth 
of the Word of God, that his doctrine was not conform- 



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able to the holy Scriptures, he should, as having been 
vanquished be severed limb from limb by: the execution- 
er, and, when deprived of all his limbs, have the ribs 
torn out of his body, until he should be dead. But if 
he should not be able to obtain a hearing and disputa- 
tion, and they should judge and put him to death un- 
heard, he asked all the witnesses of his death, and all 
those standing by, that they would be his witnesses be- 
fore God, in His judgment at the last day. But by vir- 
tue of the mandate of the Emperor, and the edict of the 
King of Hungary and Bohemia, he was condemned, deliv- 
ered to the executioner, beheaded, and burnt to ashes, 
on the fourteenth day of January of said year, at 
Rothenburg, for the testimony of Christ, from which he 
would not depart. After the death of this Leonhard, 
about seventy persons bore witness with their blood in 
the same place, Leonhard Schoener, among others, left 
the following admonition for the consolation of all 
those who suffer for the name of Christ: 

"We beseech Thee, eternal God, incline Thy gra- 
cious ear to us, Lord Sabaoth, Thou Prince of hosts, 
hear our complaint; for great distress and affliction 
prevails, and pride has entered into Thy heritage. And 
with It many supposed Christians have joined, and thus 
set up the abomination of desolation. (Matthew 24:15) 
They rage, and destroy the sanctuary of the Christians. 
They have trampled it under foot, and the abomination 
of desolation is worshiped as God. (II Thessalonians 
2:4) They have destroyed Thy holy city, overthrown Thy 
holy altar, and killed the servants in it, wherever 
they could apprehend them. And now that we remain as 
a little flock (Luke 12:32), they have driven us with 
reproach and disgrace into every country. . . 

Eternal glory, triumph, honor and praise be unto 
Thee now and in all eternity, and Thy rignteousness 
abide forever. All" -nations bless Thy holy name, 
through Christ, the coming righteous Judge of the whols 
world, Asaen. {Acts 7:31) 



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ELIJAH 

How long would you live if you stopped eating? A 
day? Several days? A week? A month? The prophet 
Elijah once walked for forty days — almost 7 weeks — 
without any food. Like Moses and Jesus (whc also 
fasted 40 days) j Elijah suffered many hardships. And 
like Moses and Jesus, Elijah was a great man of God. 
Elijah, Moses j and Jesus all spoke to God face to face, 
and the same three men were together when Jesus was 
transfigured on the mount. 

Elijah was a hairy man who wore a leather band 
around his waist. He spent much of his life outside 
walking from place to place. Sometimes he worked 
miracles to show wicked people the power of God, as 
when, by his word, Israel had no rain for 3^ years. 
Other times God worked miracles through him to help 
people, as when he raised the widow 1 s son to life, and 
made her barrel of meal and jar of oil to never become 
empty. Other times God punished people with his mir- 
acles, as when he called fire down from heaven to burn up 
up 100 soldiers and their captains. ■ 

One of the most interesting miracles of the Old 
Testament is the story of Elijah and the wicked prophets 
of Baal. To show the people that their idols were worth- 
less and that the Lord was God, Elijah told the 450 
false prophets of Baal to pray to their false gods — 
then he would pray to the true God, The God who would 
answer with fire from heaven would prove His power, and 
the people would all worship that God. To fully appre- 
ciate this miracle, read I Kings 18:20-40. Truly "our 
God is a consuming fire." — S.K.B. 

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from fleshly lusts, which war against the souk" 1 Peter 2: 1 1 



THE LORD OF HEAVEN TO EARTH 
CAME DOWN 

The Lord of Heaven to earth came down. 

Received by shepherds lowly; 
No cradle-bed, no soft-spun gown, 
No princely diadem to crown 

The manger Child so holy. 

The Lord of Heaven to earth came down 

And stretched forth hands of kindness; 
Where peace and joy were all unknown, 
He sought the sorrowing and lone, 
And healed them of their blindness. 

The Lord of Heaven to earth came down, 

The law of Love expounding; 
The common people gladly heard, 
And sent the echoes of His Word 

Throughout the world resounding. 

The Lord cf Heaven to earth came down, 
And brought salvation near it; 

A wreath of thorns His only crown; 

He rules today with great renown 
The Kingdom of the Spirit. 

— Kathryn Blackburn Peck 
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THE INCARNATION 

The miraculous birth of Jesus is recorded by only 
two of the Gospel authors. But all four bear witness 
to the Incarnation — the truth that Jesus , the Son of 
God, became the Son of Man with flesh and blood and 
walked upon earth, ". . . God was manifest in the 
flesh . . ." 

Matthew writes and quotes from the prophet Isaiah: 
11 And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call 
his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from 
their sins . . . Behold, a virgin shall be with child, 
and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his 
name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with 
us." (1 :21,"23) 

Mark's Gospel begins: "The beginning of the gospel 
of Jesus Christ, the Son of God ..." 

Luke records the angel T s message: ". . . For unto 
you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, 
which is Christ the Lord." (2:11 ) 

John proclaims: "In the beginning was the Word, 
and the Word was with God, and the Word was God . . . 
And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt amon^ us, (and 
we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten 
of the Father,) full of grace and truth." (1:1, H) 

Planned and ordered before the foundation of the 
world, the Incarnation of Jesus was prophesied and 
sung about through the centuries until at last He 
came. Now we can wonder and adore and sing His 
praises as we realize His love for mankind was so 
great as to bring Him into the world that "whosoever 
believeth on Him should not perish, but have ever- 
lasting life. " 

Satan is doing all he can to obscure the fact of 
Jesus 1 coming into the world. There is more and more 
celebration of "Xmas" and less and less of Jesus' 
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John warned the Christians in his day (and ours) 
about those who would deny that Jesus Christ is come 
in the flesh. This is a central issue in the Chris- 
tian faith. It is so essential that John wrote, 
"Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that 
confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is 
of God: And every spirit that confesseth not that 
Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and 
this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have. 
heard that it should come; and even now already is it 
in the world." (I John 4:2,3) 

Paul writes in Hebrews 2:14,17: "Forasmuch then 
as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he 
also himself likewise took part of the same; that 
through death he might destroy him that had the power 
of ueath, that is, the devil . . . Wherefore in all 
things it behoved him to be made like unto his breth- 
ren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high 
priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconcil- 
iation for the sins of the people." 

In the Word are many references to the time and 
fact that God prepared a body for His Son Jesus Christ 
that He might do the will of His Father in making this 
body the perfect and final offering for sin. 

As we go about our daily duties in this twentieth 
century since Jesus came, what does the Incarnation 
mean to us? Surely we do believe that Jesus' coming 
into the world to die to save us is the greatest event 
in our comprehension. His life, death and resurrec- 
tion are without comparison to any event or idea or 
accomplishment. And yet, how do our lives reflect or 
reject this great event? Did Jesus make such an im- 
pression on history and leave no mark on the lives of 
His people? 

For instance, we spend money, time and many hours 
of planning to build and design and then to maintain 
a home for our families. Is there any comparable 
amount of study of detail, actual hours of labor and 
expense in connection with knowing and making known 
this great event that God planned for our salvation? 

We also work many hours to provide food for our- 
selves and our families. Women spend time planning, 



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studying recipes and working over a hot stove to pre- 
pare good meals. They know nutrition and what a bal- 
anced meal is and just how and when to serve food at 
its best. Does the time and devotion which we put 
into the Word and meditation on the life and work of 
Jesus— does it show that we believe Him to be more 
valuable and necessary than our daily food? 

Or our friendships which we enjoy so much and our 
loving association with our companions, parents and 
children — do we in our hearts feel and know the truth 
of Jesus 1 words, "He that loveth father or mother more 
than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or 
daughter more than me is not worthy of me." (Matthew 
10:37) 

In our day people think they must have a certain 
amount of entertainment.. The world seeks it in the 
theatres, ball parks, recreation areas, TV programs, 
novels, newspapers, hobbies and even in shopping for 
the latest styles and gadgets. These activities can 
easily, if we allow them, take time that could more 
profitably be spent in study and appreciation of God ! s 
Word and grace. 

How are our memories? Is it easier to remember and 
repeat the latest jokes than it is to quote precious 
gems from the V/ord? Can we recount more events from 
the newspaper than from the Bible? iire the hymns of 
the Church on our lips more than the latest melodies 
of the World? 

The Word of God does not require us to forsake our 
families and friends, to neglect the preparation of 
good meals or the maintenance of comfortable homes. 
God does not ask us to go about always with long faces 
and never allow a bit of humor or laughter. But where 
are our priorities j what is "big" to us? What really 
counts in our world today? Or does the Gospel have no 
application to our lives except for a few hours on the 
Lord ! s day? We know this is not. true . I trust we 
have the same desire as Fanny Crosby when she wrote: 

Saviour, more than life to me, 

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Let Thy precious blood applied. 
Keep me ever, ever, near Thy side. 

If Jesus is this important to us, He will change 
our lives to experiences of devotion, praise and joy 
such as cannot be had in any activities or entertain- 
ments the world can offer. His mission in the world 
was for the very purpose of bringing us to God. He 
offers now to live in us- And as His coming into the 
world changed the course of human history, so His com- 
ing into our hearts will change us. As He lived and 
taught and worked miracles in Galilee and ' Judea and 
Samaria, so He will work with us. Jesus tells us in 
John 14:23 "• * * ^ a man love me, he will keep my 
words: and my Father will love him, and we will come 
unto him, and make our abode with him." 

A hymn we like to sing at home is a prayer for this 
to happen: 

Live in me, Lord Jesus, live in me; 

There 1 s a work that must be done, 

There's a victory to be won, 

Every hour, by Thy power, 

Live in me! 

Work through me, Lord Jesus, work through me 
There's a work that must be done, 
Tnere's a victory to be won, 
Every hour, by Thy power, 
Work through me! 

Come for me, Lord Jesus, come for mej 
When the work shall all be done, 
When the victory is won, 
In that hour of Thy power 
Come for me! 

"Even so, come, Lord Jesus." — L.C. 



Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man 
hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to 
him, and will sup with him, and he with me. 

— Revelation 3:20 



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BEAUTIFUL FEET 

Romans 10:15: "And how shall they preach, except 
they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the 
feet of them that preach the gospel of peace , and bring 
glad tidings of good things!" 

The visit to see the new baby is hardly complete 
until we have viewed its tiny feet. Today the imprint 
of the baby ! s foot is treasured with its first photo- 
graph. Baby's feet are both beautiful and thought- 
provoking. One of their most appealing features is in 
their pure innocence. Our minds are directed to the 
pure innocence of our Saviour and Lord Jesus; also to 
God, the Creator of all. His thought and planning are 
there in baby's tiny feet. 

The human foot is structured for both strength and 
quick action. Though farthest from the brain, they 
respond as quickly and eagerly as any part of the body* 
God's wisdom in creating the feet surpasses anything 
we can say or think. He purposed something here that 
He could call "good" and might even call "beautiful". 

Baby's feet cause us to consider our own ways; of 
our own "footprints on the sands of time," and if, in 
any way, God could ever consider our own feet as 
"beautiful". 

In this Scripture verse, Paul is declaring that the 
prophecy in Isaiah 52:7 was being fulfilled in his day. 
The emissaries of the Gospel were carrying the glad 
tidings of great joy to all people. The prophet in 
picturesque language calls attention to their beautiful 
feet. 

Humanly speaking, their tired, travel-worn and 
bruised feet were certainly not ready for a modern 
beauty contest. 

The Gospel- traveled mostly on "foot" in those early 
days of the Church. No account was taken of the many 
thousands of miles traveled on foot to spread the 
Gospel. Worn shoes and tired, aching feet could not 
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gleam of Christ's love. On and on they went. Burning 
deserts had to be crossed; mountain passes climbed; 
streams crossed; jungles penetrated. Nor did snow and 
ice hold them back. Jesus had said, "Go". So they 
gladly "went" for him to spread the news of His sal- 
vation. Sometimes those "beautiful feet" were fas- 
tened in heavy stocks in loathsome prisons. Many were 
fastened with nails to Roman crosses; many too finally 
came to rest in unmarked and soon-forgotten graves. 
The half has never yet been told of the "beautiful 
feet" foretold. 

Our own minds are challenged again with the thought 
of "beautiful feet" in the washing of the saints 1 
feet. One of the many lessons to be learned here is 
that of "dedicated feet". They are to be included in 
Romans 6:13: "Neither yield ye your members as in- 
struments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield your- 
selves unto God, as those that are alive from the 
dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness 
unto God." Thank God for sanctified, dedicated, liv- 
ing feet, yielded to God to walk the paths of right- 
eousness before Him. 

And what of Jesus 1 feet? Were they beautiful? 

Mary, the mother of Jesus, no doubt often fondled 
and kissed the tiny feet of her infant son and then 
for thirty years noted His strong and busy feet, al- 
ways yielded and eager in the stern business of live- 
lihood. 

One day those holy, sinless feet of Jesus stood 
among the sinful feet of repentant sinners on Jordan's 
bank, to follow them into the water where John was 
baptizing. Here the great mystery of Father, Son and 
Holy Spirit was made known to man. As Jesus came out 
of the water, praying, the Holy Spirit visibly in the 
form of a dove descended upon Him and the Father spoke 
audibly from heaven, "Thou art my beloved Son; in thee 
I am well pleased." (Luke 3:22) 

Then Jesus spent forty days in the pathless desert, 
unsustained by food. Here body and soul were chas- 
tened by hunger and tested by all the inducements of 
Satan to worship him. He put Satan to flight with the 
written Word of God. 



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Surely Isaiah would have put Him at the head of the 
list of those with "beautiful feet 1 '. Ah! dear onesl 
we who ride everywhere on upholstered cushions en 
smooth highways and often high in the air above the 
clouds, the Saviour Whom we represent "walked" the un- 
even, dusty roads of Judea and Galilee for 3^ years. 
His "beautiful feet" brought the Gospel cf peace and 
glad tidings of God's love to multitudes of distressed 
hearts, hungry for the truth. 

Jesus 1 feet were finally noticed in the house of 
Simon. Then it was by a sinner woman whose heart was 
touched by the presence and words of the sinless One. 
And here, I think, is a marvel and lesson to us. 
Jesus 1 sinless feet were bathed with sinner's tears, 
wiped with sinner's hair, and anointed with sinner's 
ointment. And 0! the wonder of it! loved with a 
repentant sinner's love. The lesson Is plain: the 
Son of Man had pow e r on earth to for gi ve sins . He 
bore her sins on His Cross. No wonder He was called 
the "Friend cf sinners". He was aria still is to re- 
pentant sinners . 

Mary of Bethany loved to sit at Jesus 1 feet and to 
drink in His gracious words. Hers was the simple 
faith of a child. Her neart love ana faith was sorely 
tried when her brother Lazarus sickened, died, and was 
buried without a word from the Master. She reached 
her extremity when Jesus came without explanation. 
(John 11:32) "The a when hary was come where Jesus was, 
and saw him, she fell at his feet saying unto him, 
Lord, if thou hadst been here, my brother had not 
died." 

How different 'the scene, soon after, when Lazarus, 
now restored to life, sat with Jesus in the home of 
Martha and Mary. Mary evidently knew of Jesus 1 soon 
death and burial at Jerusalem. With the raising to 
life of her brother, she evidently believed/far more 
than she understood. But her heart held a /secret, a 
rich perfumed one. (John 12:3) "Then took Mary a 
pound of ointment of spikenard, very costly, and a- 
nointed the feet of Jesus 9 and wiped his feet with her 
hair: and the house was filled with the odour of the 



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ointment." Here the Scripture of Isaiah 52:7 is 
beautifully set forward and fulfilled. Unbelief pro- 
tested. "Then said Jesus, Let her alone: against 
the day of my burying hath she kept this." Jesus 
| knew her secret heart-love which now was a holy odor 
of praise, reminding us of the sweet odors of the 
golden altar in the tabernacle in the wilderness. 

Jesus rode into Jerusalem the next day, hailed as 
the Son of David, with feet already perfumed for His 
burial. And when great nails were driven into those 
sacred feet, no doubt Mary was afterward to feel those 
heavy blows in her loving heart. 

It was given to John the beloved to give the last 
words of the feet of Jesus. He who had witnessed to 
the nail prints in the hands and feet of Jesus, with 
the wound in His side , now beheld His Beloved with 
glorified body and being. Our meditation of "beauti- 
ful feet" ends in Revelation 1:15. "And his feet 
like fine brass, as if they burned in a furnace; and 
his voice as the sound of many waters." 

His "feet like fine brass" may well remind us of 

the brazen altar in the temple with the sacrifice 

upon It to be consumed with fire. This prefigured 

the Gross of Christ with its willing Sacrifice for 

sin, even our Saviour and Lord Jesus. Some devoted 

poet wrote: „ . . . « , 

* Footprints of Jesus, 

That make the pathway glow! 

We will follow the steps of Jesus 

Where e'er they go. 

— James D. Cover 



Modesto California 



I ! ve found a little remedy 

To ease the life we live; 

And make each day a happier one — 

It is the word "Forgive**' . 

So often little things/ come up 

That leave a pain and .sting, 

That covered up at onCe would not 

Amount to anything. 

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SO LET IT BE 

n Be it to me according to Thy word," 
Thus answered Mary to the call she heard . 
With deep humility she heard that voice; 
The promise made her trembling heart rejoice. 

What fears perhaps did her at times assail; 

And what if I should in my duty fail? 

But God, who understood her human mind, 

To trust Him for her needs, her heart inclined. 

Perhaps she did not understand just why 
She had to travel when her time was nigh 
To be with Joseph taxed; they travelled then 
And tired and weary they reached Bethlehem. 

When lodging there they sought and could not find, 
What anxious care possessed their troubled minds. 
But they rejoiced and with contentment they 
Took shelter in a stable midst the hay. 

And there her Son, our Saviour, Christ was born.. 
What joy possessed her happy heart that morn! 
Her great responsibility she felt; 
With awe she by His manger knelt. 

Be it to me according to Thy word — 
To serve Thy cause, I too, Thy call have heard. 
No, not to fill some great and noble place, 
But to prepare to meet Thee face to face. 

And so, dear Lord, since I am poor and weak, 
Teach me Thy will, since it to do I seek. 
Choose all my paths, I trust Thy guidance still; 
Be it to me according to Thy will, 

— Miriam J. Sauder 

Lancaster, Pennsylvania 



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GENTLE PRESENCE 

Standing near me in the shadows, 

Gentle Presence, loving Presence, 

Waiting Presence in the midnight r s lonely portal. 

Standing near me in the stillness, 

Gentle Presence, brooding Presence, 

Watchful Presence in the dimness of the morning. 

Pity for the child of Heaven, 

Full of sorrow, hurting, sighing — 

Pity for the flesh that suffers, weak and mortal. 

Eyes of love in faithful watching, 

Careful watching, ever watching, 

Measuring the pain, the weeping, giving warning — 

"Child of Mine, look upi Look upx^ardl 

Upward to the Face of loving 1 

Loving, caring, sweetly caring, love adorning I " 

As the daybreak softly stealing 
Fades the shadows into dawning, 
Hear a voice, a word, a whisper, ,T Do not sorrow — 

"I'll be with you through the morning; 

I'll be with you at the noontime; 

I have peace to give the world can never borrow. 

"I 1 11 be with you in the evening 

And most precious, golden promise — 

I T 11 be with you still in Heaven* s bright tomorrow! 11 

— Vera Miller 



"...Lo, I am with you alway, even unto the 
end of the world." 

Words of Jesus in Matthew 28:20 



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HISTORICAL 

Century after century since Jesus ascended back to 
the Father, Christians have followed the steps of the 
Master and suffered for Him. With the great Reforma- 
tion gaining momentum in the early sixteenth century, 
more were called to give their lives for the faith. 
Rome answered the reformers with vengeance, torture, 
death and war. As Jesus said in John 3:20, "For every 
one that doeth evil hateth the light ..." so the 
coming of the light of truth brought hatred. 

About the same time some were seized with convic- 
tion to go farther than the Luther-Zwingll reforma- 
tion. The testimony of the Waldenses and others was 
not in vain but bore fruit in this effort to follow 
the Word of God, especially regarding infant baptism, 
non-resistance, and the purity of the Church of Christ* 
They were sure that Jesus l Church should be composed 
of believers and not just those whose parents had had 
them baptised as infants. This baptism of infants 
they declared invalid and insisted on an adult, be- 
liever's baptism. Because of this they were called 
Anabaptists or "re-baptizers". 

Later, when the Brethren Church began with 
Alexander hack and his seven co-workers, they too were 
called Anabaptists by their critics although their 
movement was a separate one. To these people it was 
not a n re-baptism H but the only baptism as they dis- 
regarded the infant rite In which the person had no 
choice and could not believe, in the sense of repent- 
ing and taking up the cross for Jesus. 

The Anabaptists became the objects of the hatred 
of both Catholic and Protestant. When the Papists 
tried to put down the rebellions of the Protestants, 
they retaliated with bitter war. But when both turned 
on the Anabaptists whose profession was one of peace 
and harmlesbness, the result was persecution and pa- 
tient suffering. No account can tell fully the an- 
guish of separated families, of deprivation in prisons 
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it all they were sustained by God and given a patient 
testimony that their persecutors could not conquer. 

In the following accounts in this section we hope 
to present examples of this patient suffering and also 
some of the testimonies preserved in form of letters 
of parents to children and pastoral letters to 
churches as those defenseless followers of Christ were 
taken from their families and their people. 

May we follow in their steps and suffer for the 
Master. May we resist steadfastly the temptation to 
retaliate in any form but give a consistent testimony 
of peace and trust in the One who tells us through the 
Apostle Paul in Romans 12:18,19, "If it be possible, 
as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men. 
Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give 
place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is 
mine; I will repay, saith the Lord." — L.C, 

The following selection is from Martyrs Mirror : 

HANS 3CHLAEFFER AND LEONHARD FRICK, 
IN THE IEAR 1528 

In the year 1528, Brother Hans Schlaeffer, formerly 
a Reman priest, but afterwards a teacher of the Word 
and Gospel of Christ, a highly gifted man, was appre- 
hended at Schwartz, in the valley of the Inn, and with 
him Brother Leonhard Frick. They tried him greatly 
with many severe tortures, and disputed with him 
through the priests about infant baptism; but he, 
orally as well as in writing, showed them his defense, 
as it is commanded, and as it will be found, throughout 
the entire Mew Testament, namely: that the Word of 
God must first be taught, and that only those who. hear, 
understand, believe, and receive it are to be baptizedd 
This is the true Christian baptism, and no anabaptism. 
The Lord has nowhere commanded to baptize infants; 
they are already the Lord's, and as long as they are 
in their innocence and simplicity, they are not to be 
condemned at all. They also asked him in what the 
foundation of these anabaptistic sects did properly 
consist. To this he replied: IT Our faith, practice, 



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and baptizing is founded on nothing else than the com- 
mand of Christ: ! Go ye into all the world, and preach 
the gospel to every creature. He that believeth and 
is baptized shall be saved... ! (Mark 16:15,16; Matt. 
28:19); and many other Scriptures." 

They also asked what design lay concealed under this 
anabaptism, since they had thus exhorted them to raise 
a new uproar and sedition. But he replied that it had 
never entered his heart , to make an uproar; neither had 
he ever approved of it in others; yea, he had fled from 
a house in which they lived in contention; which he 
could prove by all with whom he had ever lived. And 
there is no other design concealed under it than to 
amend life and to forsake the vicious ways of the world; 
so that in the doctrine which he teaches, this is not 
the least commandment, that we are in duty bound to be 
subject to the authorities in all good things; how, 
then, should he raise and purpose uproar and sedition? 

They also desired to know of him, who were the true 
authors and principals of these heretical and chief 
aects as they falsely call them. He told them that he 
knew of no other principal of his faith than the Son of 
God, Jesus Christy who is the true Captain of the faith, 
'Heb. 12:2) But as regards that they are called here- 
tics and seditious sects , he referred them to the com- 
plaints of the Jews against Christ before Pilate, and 
the complaints against the apostle Paul, before Felix 
the Governor. (Matthew 27:1; Acts 24:2) 

He was likewise asked what had caused and induced 
him to forsake his office as priest. Concerning this 
he told them that he had done it for conscience sake, 
because he knew that he was in the place of a prophet, 
end believed that God had sent him. 

They would also know of him, who had told him to go 
into Germany to plant the evil seed of Anabaptism. He 
told them that no one had ordered him thither; but that, 
.<ince he had no abiding place as yet, and had to go 
about in misery, he came thereto one of his friends, 
with whom he stayed, and thence came to Schwartz where 
he was apprehended, according to and for the will of 
God. As to the evil seed of which they spake, he knew 



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nothing at all; he intended nothing evil, but much 
rather the pure divine truth. 

After this and other things, when he had been in 
prison for some time, and could not be moved, he and 
his fellow prisoner and brother were condemned to 
death, and executed with the sword at Schwartz, thus 
testifying with their blood to the divine truth,.. 



- Martyrs Mirror , page 425 



BAPTISM 

We were all made to rejoice when Jodi Royer saw 
his need of a Saviour and requested Christian Baptism 
which was administered December 3* 1978. May the Lord 
guide him to a faithful walk with Him. 

— Melvin Coning 



BIRTHS 

COVER - A daughter, Laura Elizabeth, born November 19 
to Joseph W. and Sherry Cover of Tuolumne, California. 

ROYER - A daughter, Kerry Beth, born December 13 to 
Timothy and Linda Royer of Goshen, Indiana. 



ADDRESS CHANGES 

Buford Flora's 7.1249 C.R. 9 Rt. 1 

Nappanee, Indiana 46550 
(219) 773-7524 

William Crawmer's Phone: (209) 5S6-7376 



In order to realize the worth of the anchor, we 
need to feel the stress of the storm. 

Selected by Susie Sell 



16 CHILDREN'S PAGE 

ISAIAH 

Can you imagine yourself telling someone exactly 
what will happen 10 years from now? Of course not I 
Only by the power of God could we do such a thing, 
because we do not even know what tomorrow will bring, 
or even the next minute or hour of our life. De&th, 
accidents, and other circumstances make our lives as 
changing as the weather — and only the Lord knows what 
tomorrow will bring to us. 

But Isaiah — a prophet of Jesus — wrote many things 
about the Son of God 700 years before Jesus was even 
born! By the Spirit of God, Isaiah said that Jesus 
would come to the world as a baby. (See Isaiah 9:6) 
He said that Jesus would live a life of sorrow and 
be "acquainted with grief." The last three verses of 
Isaiah 52 and the entire 53rd chapter tell the story 
of the crucifixion so clearly that a man once declared, 
"Surely this must have been written at the foot of the 
cross." But, no, Isaiah had died 700 years before 
that. Yet he wrote that Jesus would be wounded, 
bruised, beaten, hated and rejected because of our 
sins. His face and form would be marred (ruined) more 
that any man's. And all that Isaiah wrote about Jesus 
happened that way when Jesus died. 

Although Jesus suffered more than any man because 
of His great love to us, He suffered and died quietly. 
.And it is believed that Isaiah also died a terrible 
death — was sawn In pieces between two boards. But 
surely he also was willing and glad to die for the 
Lord that he loved. (Next month; a quiz) — S.K.B. 



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